Want to Create or Grow a Food Business? Check Out this Program.

The Center for Great Neighborhoods’ FreshLo Chef Fellowship is now taking applications for its second cohort.

The Fellowship is designed to give a hand up and a push forward to anyone with a passion to start, or to grow, their own food-based business. For those without the resources, connections, or experience needed to start a business, becoming a food entrepreneur can remain out of reach. This program introduces aspects of starting and running a food business that will help the participants understand what it takes to turn their food business ideas into a reality.

The FreshLo Chef Fellowship is open to anyone over 18 who is passionate about having a food-based business. The program is particularly interested in healthy, affordable, and culturally-diverse food ideas and is open to a diversity of business goals as well as a diversity of cultural and ethnic-backgrounds; immigrants and refugees are especially welcomed to participate.

Students will work in a commercial kitchen space, learn fundamental culinary skills, be introduced to basic business management processes, meet local industry leaders, and connect with health, marketing, and financial experts. The goal is that participants will walk away with a refined business idea, exposure to real-world environments, connections to those in the food business, and the knowledge of what he/she needs to do next.

The program is made up of two parts: Part 1 is a 10-week curriculum which includes weekly lessons in the kitchen and the classroom; Part 2 is the Pilot Phase were each student works to define and execute a pilot of their food business idea. Specific takeaways will include:

  • Certificate of Successful Completion from the FreshLo Chef Fellowship Program

  • Experiences, information, and connections to help refine your food idea and how to scale it into a food business

  • Instruction from and connections with local food industry professionals

  • Basic culinary skills and professional kitchen practices

  • Introduction to the basics of food business management

  • Professional branding support, including a business logo

  • A NKY Food Managers Certification or a ServSafe Managers Certification – Level 2

  • Opportunity to pilot your food business idea here in the Westside of Covington

  • A diverse community of fellow food entrepreneurs

  • A Culinary Basics for Food Entrepreneurs curriculum

  • The opportunity to raise seed money through your pilot to be used towards their future food venture

If you are interested, please fill out the FreshLo Chef Fellowship – 2019 Questionnaire and submit no later than February 28.

From the Center for Great Neighborhoods