Fall Cohort’s Cook-Off: Innovating a Classic

On the last day of November, our Culinary Job Training (CJT) fall cohort marked the mid-point of their training program with a Cook-off — a favorite milestone for staff and students alike!     The cohort is split into four teams for this staple culinary challenge. Each team must rely on the knife and life skills they […]

Civil Eats: The Next Generation of DC Central Kitchen Chefs

Photo Credit: Jake Price, Civil Eats Civil Eats reporter Lisa Held and photojournalist Jake Price spotlighted the ten incredible students that make up Culinary Job Training (CJT) Class 130. This extraordinary class is set to graduate on Friday, and we know they will continue to shape our city into a more hopeful, just place as […]

CJT Graduate and Cafe Lead Mykel T. Is Committed to Growth

Mykel T. is interested in growth. His peers nominated him to represent Culinary Job Training (CJT) Class 125 at graduation last summer, but he spent graduation day at the hospital welcoming a new baby girl. As a father and a hard worker, Mykel is always looking for the opportunity to pursue new avenues for success. […]

Southern Style Meatloaf for the Win at the CJT Class 130 Cookoff!

It was the battle of meatloaves at the Culinary Job Training Class 130’s cookoff on Wednesday. The eleven students were split up into four teams and each came up with a different way to prepare a meatloaf. Team Tastemakers were inspired by their southern background and prepared a southern style meatloaf. Team Taste of DC […]

CJT Spotlight: Joseph Tolbert Continues to Lead

Joseph Tolbert is a natural born leader, but he had to overcome his difficult beginnings to get to where he is today. An early life of challenges and limited opportunities led him to incarceration, but this also put him on the path to leadership. After his release from prison, Joseph enrolled in DC Central Kitchen’s […]

Board Spotlight: Radhika Mohan

Hold onto your accomplishments. Set long-term goals. Remember your support networks. Accept failure as an inevitable part of the process. These were just a few pieces of advice DCCK Board Member and Culinary Job Training (CJT) Keynote Speaker Radhika Mohan shared with our graduates at last Friday’s graduation. These are lessons instilled in her by […]

Class 129 Cook-Off: Creativity and Calculated Risks Pay Off

Few culinary dishes seem more straightforward than chowder. A dish traditionally made from cream and potatoes, chowder leaves little room to the imagination, or so we thought. Culinary Job Training (CJT) Class 129 challenged everyone’s assumptions with four fresh, innovative takes on chowder at last week’s Cook-Off challenge.   The Cook-Off is the pinnacle moment half-way […]

Photos: CJT 129 Chef Demo and Coffee Tasting!

On Friday, May 6th, Culinary Job Training Class 129 was treated to a demo by Chef Steve Lipscombe, Executive Chef at City Cruises DC and a coffee tasting lesson by Dani Moreno, coffee director at Aslin Coffee. The seventeen students worked together to prepare a delicious ceviche and baked salmon dish led by Chef Lipscombe […]

Class 128 Graduation: The Mighty Seven

Graduates from Culinary Job Training Class 128 embrace after their graduation ceremony on Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at THEARC. On Wednesday, April 13th, following 3 months of hard work, perseverance, and commitment, DC Central Kitchen’s latest graduates received an exceptional round of applause as they crossed the stage at THEARC’s Black Box Theater in Ward […]

NBC4: “MLK Jr. Library Café Trains Young Adults Facing Employment Barriers”

NBC4 reporter Mark Segraves stopped by our latest social enterprise café, Marianne’s by DC Central Kitchen, at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Downtown DC to discuss our Culinary Job Training (CJT) program’s job-training efforts with DCCK CEO Mike Curtin and recent CJT graduate and Marianne’s café service worker Mishayla Valle. Check out […]