DC Central Kitchen presents our latest annual report. We’re here to share what we have accomplished together and what we are committed to take on with your support in the years to come.

Culinary Job Training

For over 30 years, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program has helped more than 1,700 men and women launch culinary careers. We care about our students’ potential much more than their pasts, and work to prepare adults facing high barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. 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.

We offer two training options:

Culinary Job Training at DC Central Kitchen:

Our renowned training program provides culinary arts education, career readiness training, and real-world internships for adults who have experienced barriers to employment. Through this 14-week course offered at our headquarters (425 Second Street NW), trainees will prepare to earn two valuable credentials, including the ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification. Learn more about Culinary Job Training at DC Central Kitchen>>

Culinary Job Training at DC Central Kitchen Cafe:

DC Central Kitchen Cafe provides hands-on culinary training and career readiness training to young adults ages 18-24 who are not in school and not working. With enrollment offered the first Monday of each month, trainees will progress through the course at their own pace as they work alongside staff at our fast-casual cafe located on the campus of THEARC (1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE).

Thanks to the generous support of individual, foundation, corporate, and government partners, DC Central Kitchen pledges to meet 100% of demonstrated financial need for all admitted students. The per-student cost for the Culinary Job Training program at DC Central Kitchen Cafe is $14,084 (includes Tuition: $5,192; Books: $65; Licensing and Certification Fees: $127; Required Equipment $670; and other kitchen, occupancy, and stipend expenses totaling $8,030).

Careers and Opportunities:

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 Impact Officer, Ja’sent Brown, at jasbrown@dccentralkitchen.org.

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    "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."




    104 graduates

    from our Culinary Job Training Program

    86% job placement rate

    among our graduates

    Contact Information

    Mikeya Kirksey, Workforce Development Director