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Culinary Arts 

What is the J-1 Culinary Program?
The U.S.A. J-1 Culinary Training Program is a cultural exchange program by the U.S. Department of State, which gives students, recent graduates and young professionals from around the world the opportunity to come to the U.S. and share their culture and ideas with Americans while receiving in-depth Culinary training in the best hotels and resorts throughout the United States for up to 12 months.
  • Live in the United States for up to 12 months and receive in-depth training in the Culinary department.
  • Receive hourly pay while undergoing training in Culinary Arts.
  • Receive a minimum of 32 hours per week of training.
  • Learn about the U.S. culture and experience a U.S. workplace.
  • Improve your English language skills.
  • Travel through the United States for up to 30 days after your training program has finished
  • Training 4 Hospitality offers a complete J-1 program. Program fees include your J-1 visa documentation, a fantastic hourly paid position in Culinary Arts, insurance premiums, sourcing of housing, preparation for your hotel interview and embassy appointment interview, pre-departure orientation, 24/7 emergency support while you are in the USA and much more!
  • You are currently enrolled in a Culinary diploma or degree and your college is recognized by your local government OR
  • You have graduated from a Culinary diploma or degree in the past 12 months OR
  • You have graduated from a Culinary diploma or degree longer than 12 months ago and have 12 months of full time work experience in the  Culinary Arts outside the United States OR
  • You have at least 5 years of full time work experience in the Culinary industry


We are very transparant about our program fees. All fees are listed here and are in U.S. dollars:​
  • Program Fees 6 months: $3,095

  • Program Fees 12 months: $3,745

A $200 application fee will be charged after a successful screening interview with us. The remainder of the fees is paid after a hotel placement has been secured.

Costs that are not included:

  • SEVIS fee: $220

  • Embassy appointment fee: $185

  • Airfare

  • Living costs in the USA 


All Culinary Training positions are hourly paid. The hourly pay depends on the state you train in, the company you train at and on your previous Culinary work experience. 

Your hourly pay covers your living expenses and gives you the opportunity to save some money to travel after your Training program ends. An indication of the pay for Culinary Training positions is (without housing) between $15 and $20 per hour.

You have to pay taxes on your pay, which will be withheld automatically by your Host Employer. After your training program ends, you can claim part of these taxes back.

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Hilton Offer

Join the J-1 Intern/Trainee program with Hilton in Nashville, TN in Culinary Arts 

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Resort Offer

Train while living near a beautiful lake surrounded by nature 

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Ritz Carlton Offer

This training offer is for 12 months in Culinary Arts with this luxury Marriott hotel.


We keep the application process as simple as possible for your convenience.​ The average application takes around 3 months to complete, from the moment you apply to the moment your visa is approved. Please find the application steps here:
  1. Submit your application using the online application form or our paper application form.
  2. Have a Skype interview with us. You'll receive an invitation through email within 2 days after submitting your application.
  3. Pay your $200 program deposit and start collecting your J-1 visa documentation.
  4. Review the offer for the Culinary training position we send you and prepare for your hotel interview.
  5. After a successful hotel interview, sign your hotel offer letter, which explains the position, hourly pay and other important details and pay your remaining program fees.
  6. Send Training 4 Hospitality your J-1 visa documentation so you can be sent the J-1 visa documentation (these are called DS forms).
  7. Prepare for your embassy appointment at your local U.S. embassy. We help you prepare for a successful appointment.
  8. Receive proof of your insurance and arrange housing with the help of Training 4 Hospitality. 
  9. Visit the U.S. embassy. After a successful appointment you receive your J-1 visa within a couple of days.
  10. Book your flight and start an amazing adventure in the United States!
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