BK café offers cooking classes for refugees

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A Brooklyn cafe is offering refugees a chance to learn culinary skills in the American food industry.

Emma's Torch Classroom Café in Red Hook opened last month and is offering its cooking courses to refugees, asylum seekers and victims of human trafficking.

“We have relationships with a number of different restaurants in the city where they both inform our curriculum. For example, they say they need a prep cook that can do xyz, and in return we are going to teach xyz," Kerry Brodie, the founder of Emma's, says.

Brodie says for every dollar earned from a muffin or avocado toast sold at the cafe, a dollar gets funneled right back into the classroom and in return, a living wage for the students.

Adwa Al Subea fled to the U.S. from Saudi Arabia in 2014 seeking better freedoms for women, and now she says she is cooking up opportunities.

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