The curriculum is finalized, our partners are ready, our first class is enlisted, and the kitchen is set.

Today, the first class of Findlay Culinary Training will bring to life an idea and a vision that was born a decade ago in New Orleans.  The culinary training program will provide a combination of life skills and industry skills for one month at CityLink and then students will progress to a 3 month internship at Social OTR.

We have benefited from tremendous guidance by Cafe Reconcile in New Orleans and Edwin’s in Cleveland Ohio, who graciously shared about their programs and helped guide our formation of Findlay Culinary Training.

The industry training track is the next level of our collaboration’s work together.  Through the culinary training program Cincinnati Public School’s Aspire program will provide culinary math, CincinnatiWorks will provide job readiness, SmartMoney will provide financial education, RedBike & Changing Gears will assist with transportation, and Center for Employment Opportunities which will coach students on talking about their past.  PerScholas helped advise us on the interview process and Children Inc will provide childcare for parents entering the program.

Findlay Market’s talented Culinary Training Director will instruct students over the next 4 weeks through curriculum which has been informed by an amazing group of restaurants on our advisory council.

Thank you to the Emery Foundation and Crossroads church for funding our kitchen updates to begin this program.

Our goal is to equip students to realize their talents and potential, and we look forward to them shaping Cincinnati’s culinary future.   Working together we can see meaningful pathways open for our neighbors.