Q) Do we actually cook?
  • Yes.  A lot.  However, we always say that approximately 75% of the work we do will be kitchen related, the other 25% will be related to a food-based organization but may not make use of your knives (ie: creating a commercial kitchen, designing a cookbook, mock-interviewing culinary students, etc.)

Q) I’m a professional baker, can I join the Corps?

  • Yes, trained bakers are in high demand. Just keep in mind that you’ll probably have to be flexible when it comes to your responsibilities.

Q) Where do we stay? How do we get around?

  • Housing varies according to the location of the trip.  Typical housing includes dorm stays and basic hotels.  Same-sex room sharing will be assigned.  A single room can be requested and arranged at the expense of the volunteer.  We typically rent 2 mini-vans to navigate the communities we travel to and request volunteer drivers for anyone over the age of 25 with a valid license.

Q) Are there age restrictions for participants?

  • Yes. At this time, you must be at least 18 years of age to participate as a Corps member.

Q) How many people go on a trip?

  • Approximately 10-12 participants make up a CulinaryCorps outreach team but the numbers vary depending on the community we are traveling to.

Q) How much does it cost?

  • Cost varies depending on the location of the trip.  The non-deductible trip fee can range from $200 to $750 and includes housing, most meals (no alcohol) and ground transportation.  Tex-deductible fundraising by the selected team members helps us to raise the necessary money to fund the individual projects (groceries, supplies, etc).  Airfare to and from the trip destination is not included.  Partial scholarships are sometimes available depending on the trip.

Q) What are the requirements to participate? Is it competitive to get in?

  • With the large numbers of applicants applying for a limited number of slots, nabbing an opening the first time around can be tricky. Our selection panel is looking to build a well-rounded team of people with varying experience levels. We do follow-up phone interviews with two references as well as a personal interview with all potential participants.  Most importantly, individuals must be flexible, responsible and enthusiastic about the project and the early mornings it entails. Our only strict requirement is that each participant must carry their own personal health insurance or travel insurance (depending on destination), however, we do help those who are not covered find affordable short-term insurance.  We also ask that all selected participants commit to a fundraising goal (amount varies depending on trip destination).

CulinaryCorps does not discriminate against age, gender, race, sexual preference or disability of applicant.  Everyone is welcome to apply!

Q) I’m not a professional cook but I’m totally into this project and work in the industry in some capacity, can I sign up?

  • By all means, contact us at and state your case – we are always looking for people with aligned interests and varied strengths.

Q) Do you have any discounts with travel providers so I can get a deal on my airfare?

  • Unfortunately, no.

Q) Should I bring my knives? Whites? Chef shoes? Toque?

  • An “essential” set of knives is mandatory, two-three chef’s jackets, three aprons, chef’s shoes, side towels and something to cover your head (think baseball cap as opposed to toque). A more in-depth packing list is created for for each trip.

Q) How much extra cash should I bring?

  • As much as you can afford to. Spending cash in any community we serve is both needed and necessary. Although most meals are covered, alcohol, souvenirs, taxis and tips are not. Plan on at least bringing an extra $200.



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