The Catalyst for Change Award

The Catalyst for Change Award

We recognize that it takes a village to drive successful culinary job training programs. From delivering life skills to demonstrating knife cuts in the kitchen, there are many hands involved in supporting students. The annual Catalyst for Change Award was created in 2015 to recognize exemplary individuals within our network for their dedication and embodiment of their organization’s mission.

 

We ask the Catalyst Kitchens network to nominate their coworkers for the Catalyst for Change award to shine a spotlight on those dedicating their time, passion, and resources to guide their students towards a successful career path in foodservice. After reviewing all nominations, our Member Advisory Council votes to determine the Catalyst for Change award recipient.

 

The Perks

Catalyst for Change award recipients are profiled in our blog, sent a physical award, and recognized at our Catalyst Kitchens National Summit. We strive to tell the story of all award nominees throughout the year to recognize their commitment to student success.

 

The 2019 Catalyst for Change Nominations

Our Catalyst for Change nominations are open from Monday, February 17th – March 13th. Nominate your coworker or fellow CK member! This award is designed for frontline staff, please refrain from nominating those in upper leadership roles.

Nominate a Coworker for the 2019 Catalyst for Change Award

And the award goes to...

2018: Jeru Gobeze, RS Eden

Jeru from RS Eden/Fresh Grounds led young adults to master barista skills, improving their customer service, and creating success in the workplace. Jeru did a little bit of everything at Fresh Grounds, providing 1:1 training support for students and managing the café’s sales and revenue targets.

Jeru Gobeze, 2018 Winner

 

2017: Idalia Nuñez, Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Through Idalia’s diligent efforts, SHFB's culinary training program has maintained a remarkable 100% job placement rate for graduates. Idalia is committed to the Life Skills portion of the curriculum and is "working tirelessly to secure sustainable streams of revenue to keep the program strong & meaningful.”

Idalia Nuñez, 2017 winner

 

2016: Tasheena Butler, Liberty's Kitchen

Tasheena Butler directs all culinary training activities for Liberty’s Kitchen’s Youth Development Program, providing disconnected youth with workforce and life skills training to become employed and self-sufficient. She is described by her colleagues as "the lynchpin of Liberty's Kitchen," a "charismatic leader" who is an innovative and skilled teacher.

Tasheena Butler, 2016 winner

 

2015: Chef Marianne Ali, DC Central Kitchen

The first recipient of this award is the very special Chef Marianne Ali, Director of Culinary Job Training at DCCK. Marianne has given her heart and talent to supporting the goals of DCCK students. Her work with students increased graduate average starting wages by more than $1 per hour.

Chef Marianne Ali, 2015 winner

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