One year ago, World Central Kitchen launched the Chef Network, a group of socially conscious chefs ready to use their culinary expertise to strengthen economies and empower communities around the world. These committed chefs have truly changed lives by:
- Teaching new food service skills – creating new jobs and generating revenue
- Training school cooks and mothers in food safety and sanitation
- Designed new culinary curriculums to help create new jobs and strengthen economies.
Below are a few highlights from our Chef Network from the past year:
Zambia Smart School Kitchen: Baker Erica Skolnik (head baker of Frenchies Artisan Pastries and Desserts in DC) traveled with WCK to Zambia to train the bakers at our Smart School Kitchen #2. Erica educated the eager bakers on how to bake three different kinds of bread. The bakers quickly took to the new training with pride and passion and have already started selling their bread to help support the school’s daily operations.
Haiti Culinary School: Chef Dan Traster (culinary author and former Dean of Students at Stratford Culinary School) developed the curriculum, trained the teachers, and taught guest classes at WCK’s culinary school in Haiti. This school will elevate the hospitality workforce in Haiti by producing highly skilled and knowledgeable culinary graduates.
Dog Tag Bakery: Chefs Erik Bruner-Yang and Gregg Malsbary taught guest business classes and cooking demos to the military veteran fellows at Dog Tag Bakery. These fellows undergo formal business education at Georgetown University and hands-on business experience at the bakery. The chefs shared their experience starting businesses, managing teams, and leading in a kitchen.