DC Central Kitchen is honored to be among the NBA Foundation’s national cohort of grantees lifting up the talents and aspirations of Black youth.
This money will allow them to continue to open their Culinary Job Training program to an additional 20 young adult students this year.
For over 30 years, DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program has helped nearly 2,000 men and women launch culinary careers.
The DC Central Kitchen Café track provides hands-on culinary training and career readiness training to young adults ages 18-24 who are not in school and not working. They learn culinary and soft skills as they work alongside staff at their fast-casual cafés.
The program prepares its students for a very hot market right now, as the hospitality industry is facing a severe workforce shortage.
DC Central Kitchen's graduates work across Washington, DC’s thriving culinary industry, including top restaurants, large hotels, corporate cafeterias, local artisans, hospitals, schools, and universities.
COVID temporarily paused the program this past year, but thanks to partners like Trade Center Management Associates at the Ronald Reagan Building, they've been able to resume this vital training in a temporary space while their café at THEARC was closed and their main kitchen has been overwhelmed with emergency feeding efforts.
The DCCK Café at THEARC reopened just last week, and they're nearing the opening of our second café location, Marianne’s, which will be located in the MLK Library opening next month. Both sites are within walking distance of NBA and WNBA facilities, making for a natural partnership.
DC Central Kitchen encourages their friends from the restaurant and hospitality community to go to dccentralkitchen.org and get in touch with their team about hiring!