Catalyst Kitchens Blog

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Coaching & Evaluation Skills for Culinary Instructors & Student Trainers

Staff that train students in the kitchen are much more than instructors: they take on case management, life skills coaching, and mentorship responsibilities as well. 

City Light's First Student Graduation!

August 7, 2019

We are excited to celebrate with Catalyst Kitchens member City Light Community Ministries as they graduated their first class last week! With support from our Catalyst Consulting team, City Light celebrates five graduates from their first culinary class, each completing 12 weeks of job training & seeking employment in the culinary industry.

The Power of a Good Mentor

August 5, 2019

We piloted our first mentorship program this January with twelve mentors & mentees paired across the network to advance their professional goals on both sides of the relationship. Using Lisa Ann Edwards' mentoring approach, our program focused on asking mentees the right questions to arrive at the answers themselves.

Chef Timothy & the Kroc Center of Boston on Defining Student Success

July 10, 2019

Chef Timothy has been helping students find their path with The Salvation Army for almost 15 years. His organization, the Kroc Center of Boston, has recently joined the Catalyst Kitchens network through the Jacques Pepin Foundation scholarship fund, an effort to open more doors for small culinary training programs to access Catalyst Kitchens member resources and programmatic support.

Helping Youth Programs Build Brighter Futures

June 11, 2019

Close to 40% of the Catalyst Kitchens member network serves disconnected youth. In May 2019, we held our first Youth & Young Adult Workshop to bring these programs together for an inspiring week in New Orleans full of learning and valuable connection.

Youth Leader to Company Owner: Gioia's Story from Liberty's Kitchen

April 24, 2019

"If I wouldn't have gone through this program, there is no way I was just going to step out on faith and go and do a catering business,” Gioia says. Gioia served as president of Liberty Kitchen's Youth Leadership Council, starting her on the path to success in the food industry.