Train the Trainer Workshops

Support Your Chef Trainers. Support Your Students.

Online workshops for frontline culinary staff to improve student training methods, establish a culture of learning and administer effective student evaluations. 

The next online workshop is coming up in October 2021!

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:

Create strategies to increase student resiliency and self-empowerment to manage past trauma.

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.

Effective student evaluations for improved departmental communications.

Build person-centric language and approach to training that fosters student growth and positive program culture.

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

Create and enhance kitchen, classroom, and online learning environments that fit the unique populations served across the Catalyst Kitchens network.


How We Support Chef Trainers 

The majority of chef instructors come into their roles with culinary backgrounds and are new to teaching or providing social services support to individuals with employment barriers. This is where Catalyst Kitchens comes in - our roles is to provide coaching, resources, and technical assistance to give these trainers, and all staff members at our member organizations for that matter, what they need to succeed.

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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? 

Online workshops:

$200 for Catalyst Kitchens members

$300 for corporate and national partners

$400 for the public

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? 

Our workshops will be hosted online for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 social distancing measures. We have redesigned the workshop content to include remote learning modules and student trauma resilience. We will continue to adapt to members' needs as the year continues. Keep an eye on our events calendar and newsletter for details! 

See our events calendar for more details

How do I get tickets? 

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


Feedback 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."