Set to Empower U.S. Veterans and Others At-risk
(Milwaukee, WI) Longtime Milwaukee restaurateur and renowned chef, Michael Feker, has launched C.H.E.F, (Culinary and Hospitality Education Foundation) a non-profit organization geared towards improving the lives of inner city youth & U.S. veterans in Southeast Wisconsin.
He specifically is focusing on American Vets, as he says, “I want to use our platform and
bring our vets that are so underappreciated to the forefront of the hospitality industry by
teaching them the necessary skills.” CHEF, a 501c3, will fulfill Chef Feker’s vision of training people in the kitchen and hospitality business, equipping them with basic skills and instilling in them a positive attitude, while helping them to achieve their dreams.
“I created my Foundation because our veteran’s already have the soft skills to make it in the hospitality world.
They understand commitment, timing, discipline and pride in their work.”
Working in a restaurant requires a positive attitude, a passion for food and a desire to provide outstanding service to people. Along with veterans, CHEF will also create opportunities for high school students, recent graduates, and adults looking to make a career change through a storefront training program. The program will not only include front and back of the house training but also restaurant management, the business of food, lease negotiations and interior design classes.
In addition to founder Chef Michael Feker, other Southeast Wisconsin chefs and
restaurateurs will donate their time and talent by teaching classes and mentoring students. Tuition will be underwritten by special events, private and corporate gifts, and grants.Feker has been a longtime supporter of many non-profits and community groups. “The whole success of my restaurant business has always been based on the interest of the community.” Chef and his wife, Maricela, are a culinary duo and a community force. They often take their three children to shelters to feed those less fortunate.