News Category: Culinary Job Training

Graduation is Good Business

CJT Class 125 celebrates after receiving their diplomas at the RISE Demonstration Center on Monday, September 27, 2021. It was an inspiring afternoon on Monday, September 27th as 19 graduates filed into the DC RISE Demonstration Center to receive their official diplomas for completing our Culinary Job Training (CJT) program. Class 125, sponsored by Raytheon… Read more »

A family that cooks together

At DC Central Kitchen Cafe’s November graduation, the audience watched as two generations, a father and a son, came together to celebrate new opportunities and a love of cooking. James, a DC Central Kitchen employee and graduate of our Culinary Job Training program, watched his 18-year-old son, James (Trey), take this big step, too.  … Read more »

DCCK employee and graduate awarded scholarship to kick-start counseling career

Each year,  we  award  one outstanding DC Central Kitchen employee and graduate with our North  Star scholarship  to  help them reach new career goals.  This year, we were honored to recognize Manouchka Bolden, who enrolled at DC Central Kitchen in the fall of 2018 in search of one word – “change.”   As a mother… Read more »

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 »