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Culinary Job Training
The goal of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program is to prepare adults facing high barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. We care about our students’ potential much more than their pasts and specialize in equipping adults with histories of incarceration, addiction, homelessness, and trauma with the hands-on training and support they need to begin a culinary career.
Our 14-week, intensive training program provides culinary arts education, career readiness training, and real-world internships – a recipe that helps 90% of our graduates find jobs after graduation. Our Culinary Job Training program is certified by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE) and recognized by the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation as a Quality Program. Thanks to our generous donors, all admitted students receive full scholarships to attend our program, so there is no cost to our students at any point in their training or in the two years of post-graduation support we provide.
Our graduates work across Washington, DC’s thriving culinary industry, including top restaurants, large hotels, corporate cafeterias, local artisans, hospitals, schools, and universities.
Employers interested in hiring DC Central Kitchen graduates can contact our Chief Programs Officer, Kimberly Brown, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I have a second chance now. I had a chance to work other places after graduation from the program but I decided to stay here because giving back is really what I want to do. When I see a homeless person on the street, I can now say that I am helping him because of the work I do here."
"You always have to keep your past in the front of your mind; you have to have a ‘why’ when you’re going through life, because you can make it."
"Self-empowerment brought me out of my shell a lot and helped all of us learn how important it was to support each other."
"I didn’t want to just learn how to do something and get a job; I wanted to acquire a skill that I could use to get other jobs. So, I focused on learning, as opposed to just being there. I showed up every morning on time, excited about being there."
"What qualifies me is my history…the students know I understand about emotional and physical abuse, I know about low self-worth, about being hungry, and desperation. On all those levels, I can connect."
-Director of Job Training