Delaware Food Works, an initiative of the Food Bank of Delaware, offers the Culinary Mentorship Program to entrepreneurs to assist them in developing and growing their own small business in the food industry. Entrepreneurs accepted into the program will receive a total of 110 hours of technical assistance and training from a chef instructor over a 6 month period (approximately 4 hours per week). They also will have access to food carts and a licensed commercial kitchen space (depending on availability).

Entrepreneurs who are interested in participating in the program should have the following to be successful in the program:

• A vision and a written business plan for their concept
• A basic understanding of the financial aspect of running a business
• Must possess and display a commitment to the business
• Willingness to take instruction and feedback

In order to participate in the program, entrepreneurs should complete the following application (click here for a printable application. If you are printing, please complete and submit to Lisa Grinnage at Once the completed application and attachments are submitted, the entrepreneur will be contacted to schedule an interview at the Food Bank of Delaware’s kitchen at 222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE  19702. Any questions or concerns can be addressed to Lisa Grinnage at (302) 292-1305 ext 206 or

Culinary Mentorship application

  • Entrepreneur Information

  • Personal Demographic Information

  • Education

  • Disability Status

  • Medical Status

  • Culinary Experience

  • Your Food Business

  • Max. file size: 32 MB.
  • If you checked "pre-venture," please skip down to Pre-Venture information.

  • If you chcked "new" or "existing," please answer the following:

  • Number of employees

  • Please explain how much money and what type of items you have purchased:

  • Max. file size: 2 MB.
  • Pre-Venture Information

  • Business Training