Community Kitchen Academy

Community Kitchen Academy (CKA) is a Picture23job training program that prepares underemployed and unemployed Vermonters for careers in the food service industry.

Students develop and apply new skills by rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted from grocery stores, restaurants, farms and food service companies. They work with instructors to transform this food and create meals that are then distributed through food shelves and meal sites.

Additionally, CKA graduates can receive nine college-level academic transfer credits from the Vermont State College of External Programs.

Community Kitchen Academy is a statewide program of the Vermont Foodbank that has been in operation since 2009 in partnership with the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf in Burlington, VT and since 2013 with Capstone Community Action in Barre, VT.

CKA has graduated 271 students, producing and distributing more than 500,000 meal servings since 2009. Ninety-one percent of graduates have been successful in finding employment in the culinary industry.

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100_0884The hands-on instruction and college-level academic work required of CKA graduates makes them ideal candidates for positions in the culinary industry. Please contact CKA to find the right employee for your business.

Graduate Profile:
• 12 consecutive weeks of working in a high volume production kitchen — 6 hours of instruction and production daily. Every student utilizes the latest commercial tools and equipment to produce quality entrees and side dishes.
• ServSafe certification training.
• Extensive knife skills experience.
• Recipe comprehension, conversion, measurement and execution.
• Organize mise en place and prioritize production lists.
• Hands-on knowledge of vegetable cookery, soups, sauces and salad making.
• Basic meat handling and cooking techniques.
• Fundamentals of baking.
• Breakfast, a la carte, and banquet production.

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Interested in Learning More? Contact Us.

CKA Barre: Capstone Community Action
Joey Buttendorf, Chef Instructor

Vermont Foodbank
Michelle Wallace, Director of Community Health and Fresh Food Initiatives

CKA Burlington: Feeding Chittenden
Jim Logan, Chef Instructor
802.658.7939 ext. 30

Community Kitchen Academy is made possible through the generous support of Wells Fargo, the Lucy D. Nisbet Charitable Fund, Catalyst Kitchens, Fanny Allen Corporation, Richard E. & Deborah L. Tarrant Foundation, Hoehl Family Foundation, and the Vermont Department of Labor.

Please consider giving to the Vermont Foodbank today.