L.A. Kitchen’s pilot culinary arts and nutrition advocacy training program is preparing youth aging out of foster care, older adults exiting the prison system, and others struggling with barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. The training program takes a whole-person approach to vocational training, incorporating culinary arts, life skills, nutrition education, community activism, and professional development. Students are referred to the training program by supportive partner organizations that work with L.A. Kitchen’s target populations.
L.A. Kitchen has written and published a new culinary arts curriculum that emphasizes locally sourced produce, nutrition education, and food-justice advocacy. Graduates have the skills and knowledge to transform their careers and communities. Below is a preview of the students’ workbook.
Students of L.A. Kitchen’s pilot classes are selected with the help of partner agencies that work with adults exiting the prison system and youth aging out of foster care, including:
We’d also like to thank the following organizations for their support of L.A. Kitchen’s pilot culinary job training and nutrition advocacy program:
Numerous prominent guest chefs, restaurants, organizations, and professionals from across Los Angeles have taught special sessions throughout the pilot program, including:
L.A. Kitchen students work directly with innovative industry professionals during four-week internships, gaining hands on experience in a professional setting. Internship sites have included:
Upon graduation, students will have obtained a Food Handlers Card, equipping them for future employment opportunities and career advancement. Staff work intensively with them on job placement. Alumni continue to work with L.A. Kitchen’s staff and fellow alumni to support their professional and personal development. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in becoming an internship site.
Alumni of L.A. Kitchen’s culinary job training program have been hired by:
As the oldest and largest local produce hub in Southern California, both So Cal Farm Network’s farms and customers are located within 250 miles of Los Angeles County.
Worldwide started small about twenty five years ago with one truck and one customer and has since grown into a rather large operation with facilities in Los Angeles, San Diego and Las Vegas.
Volunteer with L.A. Kitchen at St. Vincent Meals on Wheels by signing up online! We hold regular volunteer shifts in the kitchen on Saturday mornings. Contact email@example.com to find out how else you can get involved.
The pilot of Empower L.A. is funded in part by a grant from The California Wellness Foundation (TCWF). Created in 1992 as a private independent foundation, TCWF’s mission is to improve the health of the people of California by making grants for health promotion, wellness education and disease prevention.