L’chaim Academy

Culinary and Entrepreneurship Externship

Over 300 Hours of Hands-On Experiential Learning

Hands-on learning is the best way for transformation. Our curriculum is specifically designed for the Second Chance Community 

  • An understanding of Japanese Culinary Culture and Discipline
  • Developing Character Through Entrepreneurship
  • Professional work habits that are second to none

L’chaim Academy is a unique Culinary Externship where applicants can experience and gain real skills from experts in different areas of the culinary business.

  • Knife Skills and Cooking Techniques
  • Front of the House and Waiter Service
  • Costing, and Budgeting
  • Effective Marketing and Sales Skills
  • How To Start A Business

Chef Alex Kim

Executive Chef, L’chaim Foods

Chef Alex Kim is an Ex-Special Forces Commander in South Korean Army. He has a BA in Industrial Designs From Seoul Engineering University. After immigrating to America, he spend the last 22 years in the food industry. Starting as a dishwasher, he was worked up to being one of the Bay Area’s most respected chefs and most recently Executive Chef of Ijji Omakase.


Alex Shandrovsky

Founder, and CEO, L’chaim Foods

After being fired from his first “real” job, Alex started L’chaim with a $3,000 loan from friends. Over five years, he has grown L’chaim into the Bay Areas largest Kosher catering company with over $2,000,000 in revenue over the past years alone. He is an advisor for the largest biotech seed accelerator in the world and has been featured in numerous leading international publications.

L’chaim Culinary And Entrepreneurship Academy

L’chaim does not care about your past. The only question is if you are able to follow and work hard.

In addition to culinary skills, life skills curriculum accompanies lead by world-class educators accompanies the program. The curriculum is inspired by Defy Ventures, CEO Of Your Life Program and Dave Ramsey Financial Peace University

01: Sample Presentation: What matters in our Kitchen

Our curriculum is based on principles of a classic Japanese restaurant. Unlike a Western kitchen which focuses on production and excellence in a particular position, a Japanese Kitchen trains students to eventually become small business owners. 

  • Learning The Essentials Of Making Sushi
  • Classic Marinades and Sauces
  • Basic Knife Skills
  • Developing The Mind and Character of A Chef.
  • Understanding the mind of a business owner.
Personal Developement

Our curriculum is extremely holistic and not only focuses on the job skills necessary but also the over life skills needed to win at life.

Our life skills is fundamentally inspired by Defy Ventures CEO Of Your New Life Curriculum, Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University and Edwins Leadership Institute.


Our Graduation will display the incredible skills that our graduates have gained and will include a multi course dinner created by the graduates.

In attendance will be job recruiters from Corporate Kitchens, and Restaurant Groups along with family and friends.

August 2018
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October 2018
Cooking School Application Form
Enrollment is Open for Full-Time and Part-Time Certificate Programs. Fill out the form to request admissions information.

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Professional Program Open House RSVP

RSVP for an Open House presentation followed by a tour and Q&A session. Open Houses typically run 30-45 minutes in length.