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Monthly Updates: April 2017

Training Haiti’s Next Culinary Superstars with Wüsthof and Bragard

April 11th, 2017

Peek inside the training kitchen at our Port-au-Prince Culinary School in Haiti and you’ll find 16 students hard at work. The technique and training required to become a professional chef is extensive, but at World Central Kitchen’s Culinary School, our students are well equipped thanks to Wüsthof chef-grade knives. 

Each student received a Wüsthof knife kit and Bragard chef jacket on their first day of class, giving them the tools they need to learn in the classroom and beyond. These knives and coats increase our students’ professionalism and pride in their craft.

Thanks to our expert chef training and professional equipment, 100% of our students (most of which are women) are placed in internships following graduation, and 70% are offered jobs in the hospitality and restaurant industries.

Thank you to Wüsthof and Bragard for helping to empower Haiti’s next generation of chefs!

Support Flood Victims Through Our Love Peru Campaign

Join José and World Central Kitchen in providing relief and restoring hope.
March 27th, 2017

Heavy flooding in Peru has caused over 700,000 people to be displaced from their homes and 90 people to lose their lives in the last week. Chef José Andrés has always had a love for the people and country of Peru, having visited many times throughout his life. To support recent relief efforts in the country, José and World Central Kitchen have launched a new campaign, Love Peru.

Through the Love Peru campaign, all donations given to World Central Kitchen in the next two weeks will directly support our Peruvian partner organizations working to restore the communities affected. In addition, a portion of sales from China Chilcano, José’s Peruvian restaurant in Washington, DC, will be given to World Central Kitchen in order to support this vital work.

Join us and our Chef Network in showing love and support for our friends in Peru by donating to World Central Kitchen online.

Rising Hopes For Chawama Bakery in Zambia

March 15th, 2017

This week, WCK Executive Director Brian Macnair and NY pastry chef Pichet Ong visited our Chawama Bakery in Lusaka. They helped to develop new products for the bakery to sell to help increase revenue, which supports the Oz School for Zambian orphans. Bakery staff will now be creating sticky buns, sweet rolls, and cakes, which will double the profit margin for the bakery.

Chawama has provided a stable source of income and jobs for the past three years to Zambian locals like Mercy. Mercy was one of the first bakers trained by World Central Kitchen and has since been promoted to a shift leader with growing responsibilities including managing inventory and ordering.

Thanks to continued investment and training, Mercy will soon be making double her original salary.

“I am so happy to learn more each time WCK comes to Zambia,” Mercy said. “I love to bake and I am now professional.”

Learn more about Chawama Bakery here, and be sure to follow World Central Kitchen on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest updates!

Mercy and other staff learning new techniques from WCK Chef Network member Pichet Ong.

30 Restaurants. One Night. Join Us For Dine-N-Dash 2017!

March 1st, 2017

What do 30 of DC’s best restaurants, WCK founder José Andres, Andrew Zimmern, and Ted Allen all have in common? They’re coming together on June 7th for the 5th annual Dine-N-Dash benefitting World Central Kitchen!

For one night only, guests will receive an all-access wristband for unlimited food and drink at restaurants in the District’s iconic Penn Quarter and 14th Street neighborhoods, while enjoying live music.

VIP ticket-holders will also enjoy a few special perks: a pre-reception pop-up with MGM National Harbor, four additional VIP-only restaurants, and an after-party with José, Andrew, Ted, and other celebrity guests.

Don’t miss out on this incredible evening—get your tickets now! Click here to visit the Dine-N-Dash website and save $20 off your ticket throughout the month of March, and be sure to follow Dine-N-Dash on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Bright Futures Ahead For Haiti’s Culinary School Grads

February 14th, 2017

“I can not wait to have my internship in a professional kitchen. I am ready to show them my skills and my passion for my new career.” — Jennifer Sylvestre, WCK Culinary School Class of 2017

Last week, World Central Kitchen culinary school students in Haiti overcame one last hurdle in their path towards becoming chefs: a final buffet. Judged by local restaurateurs and World Central Kitchen staff, students showed off their knife skills, technique, and knowledge of the kitchen.

But for these dedicated students, this hurdle is a step towards an exciting future. Graduates of the culinary school are placed in an internship at a local hotel or restaurant following completion of their final exam. Because of their superior training, most of these internships translate to jobs for these ambitious students.

We’re proud to have graduated 86 students from the culinary school in Port-Au-Prince. Check out highlights from our last group of graduates here, and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news on our projects all over the globe.

New Jobs with Coffee Roasters in Nicaragua

February 3rd, 2017

Congratulations to the youth who just got jobs roasting and packaging World Central Kitchen coffee.

All of the youth are enrolled in Fabretto schools which emphasize a “learning by earning” model. They are currently receiving training from Vega Coffee’s employees who are experts on origin roasting. Vega is training these students on coffee roasting, hand selection of beans, packaging, and cupping.

The students are able to receive training and employment due to World Central Kitchen’s investment in high-end coffee roasting machines,  and quality-control and packaging equipment.

You won’t have to wait much longer to receive fresh, origin-roasted coffee through World Central Kitchen.