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Salvation Army Culinary Training Program

In this segment, "Louisville Life"takes a trip the the Salvation Army Louisville Area Command to meet Chef Timothy Tucker and visit the Salvation Army’s Culinary Training Program.

This homegrown, innovative program has received national recognition from USA Today, ABC News, and CNN. Through the program, which Chef Tucker founded in 2005, people learn the skills they need to re-enter the workforce through the kitchen. The training program earned Chef Tucker the honor of being named Manager of the Year by the Kentucky Restaurant Association in 2010.

A 1998 graduate of Sullivan University's Culinary Program and former evening line cook at two upscale restaurants (The Mansion on Turtle Creek in Dallas and The Painted Table in Seattle) Timothy Tucker came to the Louisville Salvation Army in January 2005 to oversee the prep and food service production at the Center of Hope. He invigorated the Center's meal service by bringing a health-conscious approach to the menu. He understood that diet affects all areas of an individual's functionality, attitude and behavior.

His philosophy that "you are what you eat" spun off with the development of The Culinary Training Program, an intensive, multi-week curriculum and internship at a local restaurant kitchen.

Chef Timothy Tucker moved on from the Salvation Army Culinary Training Program in 2010.

In 2011 he began Good Food Gathering. The company prepares, cooks and delivers locally produced foods inspired by the principles of Paleo nutrition.

Learn about the history of The Salvation Army Louisville Command, in our Louisville Life Et Cetera.

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