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PROGRAMS // COMMUNITY KITCHEN ACADEMY

Community Kitchen Academy is a culinary job training program operated in partnership between Feeding Chittenden and the Vermont Foodbank. Students develop the professional and inter-personal skills they need to find and retain employment in the hospitality industry. Meals prepared in the program are used to fight hunger in the community.

A professional chef instructor teaches unemployed and underemployed Vermonters marketable skills that prepare them for sustainable careers in the food service industry, helping to break the cycle of poverty and hunger.

Each 13-week session of Community Kitchen Academy contains 10-12 students. To prepare these students with the culinary skills necessary to secure jobs in the food service industry, the professional Senior Chef Instructor, Jim Logan, delivers a proven curriculum that was developed by the Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

Students learn about safe kitchen practices—including safe knife handling, preventing cuts, burns, handling accidents and fires, managing food allergies—and a variety of skills such as knife sharpening, knife and equipment identification, food safety practices, various cooking methods, food receiving and storage, the preparation of nutritious recipes and appropriate portion sizes.

Students will also undergo ServSafe training - a nationally recognized certification program essential to safety in food production and storage. In addition to ServSafe certification, Community Kitchen Academy is an accredited program that allows students to earn nine college-level credits upon completion.

The combination of this specialized culinary skills training and the work readiness training provided through the integrated life skills program ensure that upon graduation, students will be certified professionals who are ready and qualified to gain employment in the food service industry. In addition to job training, Community Kitchen Academy performs another function, rescuing produce, meat and other foods that would otherwise be wasted from restaurants, farms and food service companies.

Students work with instructors to cook the food and produce meals that are then cryovac sealed and sent out through the Feeding Chittenden Soup Kitchen and Food Shelf.

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APPLY FOR COMMUNITY KITCHEN ACADEMY

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For more information about Community Kitchen Academy or to request a paper copy of an application, please contact:

Jim Logan
Senior Chef Instructor
jlogan@cveoeo.org

FOR EMPLOYERS

The hands-on instruction and college-level academic work required of CKA graduates makes them ideal candidates for positions in the culinary industry.

COMMUNITY KITCHEN ACADEMY GRADUATE JOB BOARD

The following businesses have expressed interest in employing Community Kitchen Academy graduates to fill open positions:

Date:

Restaurant:

Job:

Contact:

7/25/18

UVM Dining - Sodexo

catering, food service, & chef positions

802-656-7906

6/18

Jules on the Green

line cook

802-871-5652

6/4/2018

West Meadow Farm Bakery

baker

6/18

Jules on the Green

line cook

802-871-5652

6/18

Jules on the Green

line cook

802-871-5652

6/18

Jules on the Green

line cook

802-871-5652

If you are interested in applying, please contact the employer via email or phone number for more information.

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