A year of working for a better workforce in DC

If you’ve been following DC Central Kitchen and our Culinary Job Training program for a while, you might already know that since the recession of 2008, we’ve trained 752 adults with histories of incarceration, homelessness, addiction, and chronic unemployment for culinary careers with an 89% job placement rate. You’ve probably also read success stories of… Read more »

Culinary Job Training team launches CJT Café to provide hands-on training for students

Last month our Culinary Job Training team piloted the first-ever CJT Café, a fast casual, free dining experience for DC Central Kitchen volunteers run entirely by current students. The concept is an attempt to further students’ growth in the kitchen by providing hands-on training that teaches students about working from a set menu, firing orders,… Read more »

Culinary Job Training students compete in DC foodie events

  Last month, our Culinary Job Training students were busy not only in the classroom, but also competing at foodie events across the city. On June 16, the students enrolled our seventh satellite class at the Central Union Mission shelter for homeless men competed in the annual Biscuit Bash at Art & Soul Restaurant. The… Read more »

DC Central Kitchen again selected as DC Public Schools food service contractor!

DC Central Kitchen has been selected as one of the food service providers for DC Public Schools in the 2016-2017 academic year. A continuation of our partnership with DC Public Schools that began in 2010, DCCK will serve nearly 1,000 more low-income students, providing healthy, scratch-cooked meals to schoolchildren at 12 District schools in Ward… Read more »

DCCK grad featured in nationwide micro-documentary project!

  DCCK grad and current staff member Billy Johnson is featured in the recently launched ‘Re: Dream‘ digital video series. The nationwide project will include 40 micro-documentaries from PBS member stations in five cities, including Washington, DC. Billy was interviewed this past fall by WETA, the local PBS affiliate, for the piece in which he speaks openly… Read more »

Class 102 grad employed full-time at high-end bistro, Ris

We love it when DCCK grads find jobs. We love it even more when grads find mentors at their place of employment. That is exactly what’s happened for recent class 102 graduate, Takia Jenkins. Takia graduated on January 5th, and just last week was hired to work full-time at Ris, the upscale neighborhood restaurant owned… Read more »