Train the Trainer Workshops

Support Your Chef Trainers. Support Your Students.

Two Day Workshops for frontline culinary staff to improve student training methods, establish a culture of learning, and create effective student evaluations. 

Our Train the Trainer workshops are designed for student trainers and programs staff to engage students from day one by creating a strong culture of learning in the kitchen and classroom. This workshop gives chefs and frontline instructors the tools and techniques to more effectively coach, teach, and provide critical feedback to their training populations.


Workshop facilitator and Program Development Manager Justin Smith has years of experience through his time as a Chef Trainer for FareStart and Inspiration Corporation in student training, curriculum development, and a strong knowledge base of the social enterprise training model. 

"I’m excited to bring the self-evaluation techniques to staff to provide us with a rubric to hold ourselves accountable." - previous workshop participant 

Participants will learn how to:

Establish a culture of learning in the kitchen and classroom through our Coaching Champions course.

Engage students from day 1 with consistent language, guidelines, and teaching techniques. 

Lead effective classroom and kitchen lessons for diverse learners.

Write productive recurring student evaluations for improved departmental communications.

Build person-centric language and approach to training that foster stable program growth and retention.

Improve communication regarding student progression among different departments to provide a holistic approach to the student experience and training progress.

 Create and enhance their own lessons and assessment that fit the unique service populations across the Catalyst Kitchens network.

Check out a past agenda to learn more about workshop sessions

April 2019's Train the Trainer agenda

Frequently Asked Questions: 

Who should attend? 

This course is designed for frontline staff in programs or operations who have direct contact with students within their role. The typical attendee is a chef trainer or supervisor of operations or programs.

What is the cost? 

Workshop admission per attendee is $500 for Catalyst Kitchens members, $625 for corporate partners, and $750 for non-members. Find your member's discount code on our member's portal here or reach out to us at for a partner discount code. 

Where is it located? 

We will be hosting three Train the Trainer sessions in 2020 in different locations to increase access for the network: Washington, D.C. hosted by DC Central Kitchen in February, Seattle, WA at FareStart in July, and Phoenix, AZ hosted by UMOM New Day Centers in October.

See our events calendar for more details

How has this training benefitted organizations in the past? 

Check out our work with CK Member Manna on Main Street.

How do I get tickets? 

Keep an eye on our events calendar for upcoming Train the Trainer events. 


February's Train the Trainer: DC

Thursday, February 27th & Friday, February 28th hosted by Model Member DC Central Kitchen in Washington, D.C.  

July's Train the Trainer: Seattle

Thursday, July 30th & Friday, July 31st hosted by FareStart in Seattle, WA. Catalyst Kitchens is FareStart's national initiative. 

October's Train the Trainer: Phoenix

Thursday, October 15th & Friday, October 16th hosted by Model Member UMOM New Day Centers in Phoenix, AZ. 

Quotes from Previous Participants

"I liked the infomation on how to be a good coach and how to give feedback."

"Really enjoyed the workshop. Justin was awesome."