Each year we train unemployed and low income individuals in culinary and baking arts to help them sustain themselves and their families – more than 80% find jobs following graduation.
Hear from CK culinary graduate, Isaac Dean, about what he achieved after graduation.
Culinary Arts Training (CAT) Program
In February of 2009, Cathedral Kitchen launched its first job training initiative: the Culinary Arts Training (CAT) program, targeting Camden and surrounding area residents who are unemployed or underemployed, often at risk of becoming homeless. Enrolled students incur no tuition or supply costs; textbooks and related study materials, chef uniforms and shoes are all provided by CK. Students are recruited from area community agencies, our dinner guests, the Camden population, and increasingly, from CAT program graduate referrals. Operating twice per year for 17 weeks, the program is designed to instruct students in the skills needed to obtain employment in the culinary industry. Included is ServSafe certification training, instruction in basic cooking and baking techniques, use of commercial kitchen equipment, and large quantity food production. Hundreds of students have graduated from the CAT program and earned their ServSafe certification rate; more than 80 percent have gained employment within three months of graduation.
Culinary Arts Program (CAT) graduates on graduation day.
Chef Jonathan Jernigan provides hands-on instruction in knife skills as part of the 17 week program.
Baking Arts Training (BAT) Program
Building upon the success of the culinary program, CK had the opportunity expand job training with the opening of the new building next door in 2015. In August of 2015 the Baking Arts Training (BAT) program was launched. Operating concurrently with the Culinary Arts Program, the BAT program also runs 17 weeks, twice per year. Enrolled students receive tuition, textbooks, uniforms, and related supplies at no cost. Students prepare for their baking careers through academic classes in baking fundamentals, ServSafe certification training, plus practical hands on experience through preparation of baked goods for Cathedral Kitchen’s dinner guests, CK catered events, and the CK Café, our on-site restaurant. Program graduates are prepared to enter the workforce in entry level positions in varied baking industry venues such as independent bakeries and pastry shops, commercial bakeries, and grocery chain bake shops.