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What is the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee?

The Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee

is honored to join this vibrant Florida community by providing a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen open to a membership base. Depending on the membership level, members may select from a range of customized hours and plans to prepare, cook and package their culinary creations for distribution.

Wait, we’re not done. We go one step further. We provide the possibility of venture funds and business assistance for our members to truly see their culinary creations become a reality.

Our Facility Includes:

  • Hot Process Station
  • Dry Process (Bakery) Station
  • Cold Process Station
  • Cold Assembly Station
  • Confection Station
  • Walk-in Freezer
  • Compartment Walk-in Refrigerator
  • University of Florida Food Laboratory
  • Wash Stations
  • Lockers/ Washrooms
  • Delivery In/Out
  • Support and Funding Opportunities
  • Controlled Access Facility
  • Online Scheduling System
*All members of the Florida Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee must meet all local, state, and federal food safety and handling requirements.

We’re hiring!

Check out these fresh new positions now available:

Culinary Program Manager

We’re seeking a dynamic self-starter with a background and a passion for entrepreneurship to manage the daily administration of our culinary accelerator program.

Administrative Support Specialist

We’re seeking a go-getter with administrative skills, a food science background and a passion for entrepreneurship to administer the daily operations.

Facility Maintenance Specialist

We’re looking for a maintenance specialist will perform janitorial and maintenance work and ensure the facility is clean, safe and functional.

Meet Chef Christian LeSquer

World-renown, Michelin 3-star Chef Christian LeSquer has agreed to join the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee team as a program mentor, facilitator, and special events ambassador. Most recently, was voted “Chef of the Year” in 2016 by LeChef Magazine. Le Squer is known for his exemplary consistency, which earned him 3 Michelin stars for 12 consecutive years. He earned his first Star at the age of 34, working as a chef at the Parisian Grand Hotel’s restaurant, Café de la Paix.

His involvement with the Culinary Accelerator is to help create and facilitate mentorship opportunities as well as special events and competitions to grow the program and facility. 

How do I Join?

We believe nothing gets done without the right team.

Check out our partners that support the Culinary Accelerator @ Immokalee.

Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Boys & Girls Club of Collier County Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Career SourceCulinary Acclerator Partner Logo - Florida Gulf Coast University FGCUCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - UF IFAS Southwest Florida Research CenterCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Collier County Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - SCORE Naples Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Southwest Florida Promise ZoneCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Naples AcceleratorCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Healthcare Network of Southwest Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Southwest Florida Economic Development Alliance Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - U.S. Economic Development Agency EDACulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Immokalee Community Redevelopment AgencyCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - • Florida SBDC NetworkCulinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Florida Department of Economic Opportunity DEO Culinary Accelerator Partner Logo - Opportunity Naples