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Culinary Job Training

For almost 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 fourteen 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).

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, Kim Brown, at kbrown@dccentralkitchen.org.

Upcoming CJT at DC Central Kitchen Class Flyer
CJT at DC Central Kitchen Cafe Flyer

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TESTIMONIALS

"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."

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William

"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."

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Billy

"Self-empowerment brought me out of my shell a lot and helped all of us learn how important it was to support each other."

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LaShawn

"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."

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Crystal

OUR IMPACT LAST YEAR

104 graduates

from our Culinary Job Training Program

86% job placement rate

among our graduates

Contact Information

Liz Reinert, Director of Culinary Job Training

lreinert@dccentralkitchen.org