The Kitchen of Champions offers a highly structured environment in which students learn and practice professional work skills and attitudes that will serve them for a lifetime. We balance compassion and support with expectations for professional behavior that meet the demands of the workplace.
There are four main ingredients to the program:
Culinary Training at The Kitchen of Champions is taught through hands-on, real-world experience in the St. Vincent de Paul kitchen. Students work and train alongside our own staff of chefs, producing a total of up to 1,000 meals a day.
Individual Case Management helps students with the complexities of day-to-day life. Employment Specialists work with students on an individual basis, adapting to each student's particular needs and advising students on a variety of issues, including how to organize and manage daily issues such as transportation, health care, and housing.
Life Skills Training teaches students how to set goals, work as part of a team, and make positive choices for themselves. Training focuses on workplace essentials, such as conflict resolution, stress and anger management, timeliness, and personal presentation.
Job Placement and Retention Services means finding the right jobs for students and continuing to work with them after they've graduated to ensure that they retain their jobs and realize adequate wage progression.