Cook. Create. Contribute

Building community by helping the underserved build better lives.

Our Mission

Rise Culinary Institute (RISE)’s mission is to transform lives by equipping our community’s refugees and immigrants with culinary skills, nutrition education and employment opportunities to help them achieve their full potential. We focus on creating an environment where they can gain self-confidence and learn marketable skills to ensure a more successful future.

Our Approach

We recruit eligible refugees and immigrants for our extensive 3 month culinary skills course. This educational training equips them with the necessary skills to pursue a career in the food industry. We connect them with one of our partners to complete a 6 month qualified paid internship program. Then continue to offer support while they transition into a full time position in their new career. Our program is 9 months in total.

The Problem

It's far too common for people who moved to this country to feel like they don’t belong. We all want to feel safe and welcome in the community we call home, but today, too many of our neighbors experience exclusion, isolation, harassment, and even violence on the basis of their identity. Despite efforts put forth by the resettlement agencies there is a considerable gap in helping refugees access adequate housing, education and employment due to various barriers.

The Solution

Strong communities intentionally connect and include people of all backgrounds. As places look to harness the wealth and vibrancy that comes from diverse talents and a global workforce, we believe our program is a safe and welcoming place to create an inclusive environment that maximizes these contributions and gives refugees and immigrants the tools they need to gain meaningful employment in the hospitality industry.

Learning Curriculum

RISE provides hands-on culinary training and a paid internship for refugees. The program includes 3-months (Level 1 certification) of curriculum programming and 3-months (Level 2 certification) of paid internship at our partner restaurants.
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Pledge Campaign

We are extremely grateful for the support and engagement of our donors which includes financial institutions, the corporate sector and individuals who have helped us start the construction. All contributions are tax-deductible.

Thank You Donors


Zions Bank | LDS Church | Larry H. & Gail Miller Family Foundation | George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation


McCarthey Foundation | Jim & Krista Sorenson | Semnani Foundation | Intermountain Health Care Jacquelyn & Gregory Zehner Fdn.


Utah Community Foundation | Dr. & Mrs. Kalpana Dinesh C. Patel | David & Naja Lockwood Susan Rice & Lisa | Kathiya Dang | The Sam & Diane Stewart Family Foundation | Clyde Companies | Goldman Sachs

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