Meet Joan: From Guyana to DC Central Kitchen

From an early age, DC Central Kitchen culinary graduate Joan learned about the importance of a clean kitchen. Born and raised in Guyana, Joan learned from her mother that people assess whether they can eat at your house by the time they arrive at your front gate. “You must keep things clean all the time… Read more »

Kicking off a new in-classroom nutrition education initiative

As a USDA-recognized food hub and winner of The Golden Carrot Award for outstanding innovation in serving healthy school meals, DC Central Kitchen is committed to getting students excited about eating their vegetables. Our new classroom-based nutrition education initiative, Cafeteria Chefs, is designed to help kids become more familiar with recipes already available on their… Read more »

Meet Nakeisha: from rehab to a high-end restaurant

DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program includes a lot more than its name implies. According to Nakeisha, who completed the course nearly two years ago, “it’s not just about learning the culinary arts. It’s also about helping you learn ways to manage life –without alcohol or drugs. Being able to keep a job, being… Read more »

Graduate profile: Aliyah

Aliyah graduated from DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program three years ago, when she was just 19 years old. That made Aliyah one of our youngest graduates ever, but she had already overcome some incredible challenges before she walked in our door. She was hired by the Marriott Marquis, one day before her graduation,… Read more »

DCCK and Kaiser Permanente receive partnership award

In February, Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States and DC Central Kitchen were selected as one of three winning partnerships in the Healthy Environment category of the inaugural Healthy10 Award, presented by the US Chamber of Commerce Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. DCCK and Kaiser Permanente, the region’s largest non-profit health care provider,… Read more »

Meet Terence: DC Central Kitchen Culinary Job Training grad

“You know how it goes: go to school, get a job, have a savings account, maybe get married… that wasn’t my story.”   Finding a passion for cooking Terence Hill was 48 years old, in between jobs, living in a homeless shelter, and trying to secure a permanent job when he stumbled upon DC Central… Read more »