When Hope is Hungry, Everything Feeds It

The VooDoo Chef Foundation was created to promote education, nurture talent, and impact the Foodservice & Hospitality industry. Ultimately, it is our goal to help students create their own unique path in the Foodservice & Hospitality industry, and to achieve success wherever the industry takes them. Through culinary and education programs, we provide much needed support to our community in the Greater Tampa Bay area.

The VooDoo Chef Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in culinary scholarships  to students in need, and feeds over 3,000 families annually. By supporting the VooDoo Chef Foundation through donations and sponsorships, you are helping us build up the community through food and education, providing a sense of belonging to youths in need, and encouraging our students to dream big!

How We Help

Culinary Scholarships

The VooDoo Chef Foundation has awarded over $100,000 in culinary scholarships in the efforts to promote continued education and food.

Fundraisers & Events

We host a variety of charity events throughout the year to raise money for the support The Foundation’s mission with food and education.

Education & Mentorship Programs

Our students go through detailed training, rigorous hands-on work, and traditional education courses as they aspire to grow and succeed.

Community Outreach

We provide food to over 3,000 families annually in the Hillsborough County and beyond. We are dedicated to helping our community with food.

Foodservice Training

Through training and education, we help students develop the necessary industry related skills to further their careers in the Foodservice industry.

Employment Assistance

We want our students to succeed no matter what culinary path they want to take. We help our students find employment when needed.

“I have supported the Foundation since inception and I can personally attest to the impact it has on the students of Tampa Bay.”

“The VooDoo Chef Foundation is an asset to aspiring Culinarians in many ways. The Foundation leads through mentorship, scholarship, education, and inspiration.”

“The Naomi Tidwell Scholarship helped my success. It gave me confidence that I have carried throughout my career! I am very honored to have been the first once to receive the scholarship.”

“If it wasn’t for Chef Youngs my passion may have been lost. Thanks to him and the VooDoo Foundation I was awarded almost $19,000.00 in scholarship making my dreams a reality.”

“I have worked with VooDoo Chef, Erik Youngs, to support the VooDoo Chef Foundation for a while and I am amazed what an impact The Foundation has on the Tampa Bay community. It’s inspiring to watch the students excel and succeed. Erik truly cares about each student he meets.”

Upcoming #VooDie Event

Children's Gasparilla Parade with VooDoo Krewe 2024
VooDoo Underground Finals 2024
VooDoo Bash: Burger Competition 2024

#VooDie Sponsors & Supporters

Our Founder,
VooDoo Chef Erik

VooDoo Chef, Erik Youngs, has over 35 years of experience in the Foodservice & Hospitality industry and currently works full-time as a Culinary Teacher at a public school in Hillsborough County. For over 25 years, he has been as a Culinary Educator and mentor in the seventh largest school district in the nation.

Driven by his two passions for teaching & education and the Foodservice & hospitality industry, VooDoo Chef Erik created a foundation to support his community through food and education. He is dedicated to make a difference on our community with culinary and education programs that are impactful and help create a viable workforce.

VooDoo Sponsors
& Supporters

The VooDoo Chef Foundation partners with all types of educational programs and foodservice & hospitality businesses to have a direct impact on our community and the industry. Overtime, we have connected and worked with many students, families, teachers and educators, chefs, restaurant owners, foodservice operators and local businesses to provide food, education, connection and resources to improve the lives of our students and community. Through your dedication and support, we are able to achieve many great things every year to grow the Foundation and support those in need. If you’re a true #VooDie and you want to get more involved with the VooDoo Chef Foundation, please visit our pages or contact us to learn more about how to become a sponsor, partner, or ambassador.