Chef Marianne Ali, the first Catalyst for Change Award Winner
Catalyst Kitchens presents the first CK Annual Award in recognition of an individual from the CK network whose outstanding service and dedication to empowering lives through job training has made a significant impact to individuals, their community, and the field of food service social enterprise.
The first recipient of this award is the very special Chef Marianne Ali, Director of Culinary Job Training at DC Central Kitchen. Marianne embodies the spirit of this award; she has given her heart and talent to supporting student goals and the success of DCCK.
Here are a few statistical highlights from Marianne’s eighteen years of service at DCCK:
Named a 2014 White House Champion of Change
102 annual graduates, a new organizational best for DCCK
Graduated milestone 100th culinary class
Increased graduates’ average starting wages by more than $1.00 per hour
Developed innovative new intake scorecard