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Lyhyesti suomeksi: Haluamme kurssille myös muita kuin suomea äidinkielenään puhuvia osallistujia. Tämän takia Open Kitchen sivusto on pääasiassa englanniksi. Yhteydenottaja ja hakemuksia vastaanotamme myös suomeksi, mutta hakijoiden on tärkeä ymmärtää että kurssilla käytetään kielinä sekä suomea että englantia.

Applications are now CLOSED as of October 15th. This page remains for archival purposes only.

You've watched the video and read the introduction and you're ready to apply to Open Kitchen? Then this is the place to be.


The ideal candidate

Open Kitchen is going to be a demanding but rewarding experience, so the best candidates will be those who have a clear and demonstrated interest in food business. 

—Demonstrable ability to cook or prepare food
—Interested in starting your own food business in the near future
—Some experience working in food business or service industry

Good to know: Open Kitchen is a free course but we cannot cover living expenses. Participants will need to cover their own costs during the programme. You must be 18 or older. The language of Open Kitchen will be determined by the twelve selected participants. If everyone speaks Finnish, we will work in Finnish. Otherwise, we will work in English.


How to apply

We prefer a video application, but you can also make a written application.* You can make it with your cameraphone and it doesn't have to be anything fancy. Please prepare a video of no more than 90 seconds (in English or Finnish) in which you tell us:

—Who you are
—What’s your background/experience
—Why you're food concept is going to make Helsinki a better place

*If you don’t feel comfortable submitting a video application, you can submit a 1 page document in PDF or RTF format. We will not weight applications based on medium used to submit.

Once you've prepared your video, upload it to YouTube or another video service and send us an email at openkitchen (at) including: a link to your uploaded video, your full name, and your contact information (email and telephone).

The Open Kitchen team will review the applications and may ask candidates to make themselves available for brief telephone interviews. Twelve candidates will be invited to join Open Kitchen.


Important dates

September 3: Open Kitchen is open for applications!

October 15: Applications due before midnight

October 29: Twelve winning applicants notified

December 3: Open Kitchen begins

December 22: Open Kitchen concludes


What else?

Questions may be sent by email to openkitchen (at) We are maintaining a page of Frequently Asked Questions, so please check there first.