Chef Marianne Ali, the first Catalyst for Change Award Winner

January 2, 2017

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


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Corinne Molz

Corinne brings experience to her role of Communications Coordinator from her background in event planning, international development undergraduate degree, and her passion for the foodservice job training social enterprise model. Her career goals are devoted to lifting others out of the cycle of poverty through economic empowerment through employment/workforce development. She previously served FareStart as a Catering Captain, Catalyst Kitchens as Program Associate, and currently manages all More