Director honored with Council of DC Recognition Proclamation

Earlier this week, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training Director Chef Marianne Ali was recognized by the Council of the District of Columbia with a ceremonial proclamation honoring her two decades of service and significant contributions to the organization’s life-changing job training program. The acknowledgement marks Chef Ali’s twenty-year career with DC Central Kitchen, throughout… Read more »

DCCK’s volunteer coordinator receives Community Champion Award

On May 14, DCCK’s Volunteer Coordinator, Jessica, was publicly honored with the Capital One Bank Community Champions Award during halftime of the Mystics game. The Mystics and Capital One Bank are working together to recognize our local DC heroes. At every Mystics home game this season, Capital One bank is honoring individuals who make a… Read more »

Graduate Profile: William

Graduating from DC Central Kitchen was one of the most important milestones in William’s life, second only to overcoming his drug addiction, he says. “I never graduated from high school,” says William, “so I didn’t know what it felt like to complete something and have people be truly proud of me.” It’s been a little… Read more »

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 »