• *Talk of the Town 4 star Rating in Customer Satisfaction*
    2nd Place Winner Epicurious Vino Challenge 2011, plus Judge’s Honorable Mention*
    *Named in the
    100 Top North Carolina Small Businesses 2009, 2010 & 2011 and in Top 300 in SouthEast in 2011 by Business Leader Media*
    Metro Bravo Awards 2009 & 2010 Picks for Best Caterer*
    *Winners of the 2008 & 2009
    Great Chefs of the Triangle Competition*
    Citysearch Editors Choice for Best Caterer in 2007*
  • **Joshua Nichols advances to AAA Status! Congrats Josh**
    **Announcing the promotion of
    Jacob Barrett to the Apprenticeship Program (level AB)**
  • To Apply for the position, please send your resume or contact info with a paragraph as to why you think you're the perfect person for the Apprenticeship to chefmario@bellsouth.net and we'll give you a call to find a time and chat!
Photo Above: Chef Mario with the winning centerpiece from the 2008 Great Chef of the Triangle Competition
Photo by Tim Broyer Photography
Welcome to Chef Mario's
Chef's Apprentice Program

Apprentice's gain real world experience training under one of the most renowned Chef's in the state with instant feedback. Real Clients, Real Hands on Experience, Real World Education
We have noticed that good help is hard to find, so instead of looking, we've decided to CREATE good help- and more than that good CHEF'S! We are excited to announce the opening of Chef Mario's Chef's Apprentice Program!
Why start an Apprentice Program?
Chef Mario attended two different culinary schools over his career. One had a high student to teacher ratio and was basically a 9-5 job where he was packed into a classroom and cooked for senior students. The second institution was the New England Culinary School in Essex, VT where he transferred with advanced placement. This program more closely shadowed what a real world culinary career would look like: longer hours, sporadic levels of business and actual real world application of the learned skills. We wanted to provide young talent with a way to capture the experience that meant so much to Chef Mario and his career and be able to impart on our budding chefs the tricks of the trade we have acquired in our over 12 years of service.

The Nitty Gritty:
-The program asks for complete dedication so we do ask that our participants prepare to dedicate their schedules and time to this program in entirety. To make it in this business, you are only as good as your last event which means every day we need to be in top form, both physically and mentally. Working in a kitchen is all about being part of a team and we are ONLY as strong as our weakest link

-The program is a 24 month minimum commitment.
The training is broken down into three levels.

            (AB) Apprentice Basic is the entry level position where we will being to go over the basics- knife skills, how to make the perfect delivery, basic level cooking knowledge and the beginnings of ServSafe Training (ServSafe is a nationally recognized program that teaches Food Service Safety and certification is mandatory in level AA or Apprentice Advanced). Initial training includes hand on work right off the bat, book work (yes, there is some homework), real world observations and study and more.
            (AA) Apprentice Advanced- after you have met all the criteria in AB to absolute excellence, there will be an end of term evaluation and if passed, you will advance to level AA where you will have the opportunity to learn more about what it takes to run a successful business (i.e. how to place orders, check in orders, create prep lists, run an event and more). At the end of the evaluation, if passed, you will advance to your final branch of training under the apprentice program, AAA.
(AAA) Triple A Apprentice will assist in training the next round of Apprentices and learn how to manage a staff and lead them to success!

-No experience is necessary. All you need is an open mind, a craving to learn and an ability to listen and follow through. The rest will come in time!

We view this program as a potential substitute to culinary school for some new talent that wants to know what it's really like on the job. We'll provide the training and what you do with it is up to you. You will be given a Certificate of Completion at the end of the program and will have our full reputation and backing to assist you in your future Culinary Adventures!
We like to work hard and play hard around here. It’s a challenging and incredibly rewarding environment where you would be able to take pride in what you produce and what you helped to create with each and every event.

The new additions to our team would need to be in good physical shape, hard working, dependable with a good personality. Ability to think fast on your feet is also important, but that will also come with time, experience and training. Reliable transportation is important, however deliveries will usually be done in the company vehicles. A clean driving record is a must. Prior experience is not necessary. Must be at least 18 years of age to apply (or will turn 18 before start of employment).

It is a paid Apprenticeship at $8 per hour

The culinary world is intense and it can get hot in the kitchen, but if you think you can stand the heat, send your resume and a paragraph as to why you think you'd make a great Chef's Apprentice to chefmario@bellsouth.net

We currently do not have positions open, but that can change in a heartbeat if someone doesn't make the cut. It is a high pressure position but anything worth having doesn't come easy. Please feel free to submit your application and we're allways looking to meet good folks!

If you have any questions or would like further information on our Chef's Apprentice Program, please e-mail Darcy at chefmario@bellsouth.net or call me at 919-781-4141.
We look forward to meeting you!