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Culinary Cornerstones

Advance Tickets Available Now!

Photo of three glasses of wine2014 Fall Harvest Grand Tasting

Friday, September 12th, 2014
6:00pm - 9:00pm

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About Culinary Cornerstones

Culinary Cornerstones is a groundbreaking program that trains people for jobs in the food service industry. Culinary Cornerstones addresses root causes of hunger--unemployment and under-employment, for example--by providing necessary job skills and placement assistance.

Check out our graduates!

Many of Culinary Cornerstone's recent graduates have gone on to great careers or education for bigger and better things!

We are very proud of all of our graduates.  Here are some of our recent successes:

  • Culinary training at Le Cordon Bleu in Hollywood, Florida!
  • Culinary training at the Art Institute of Kansas City!
  • Federal Reserve Bank in the employee cafeteria!
  • Sprint Campus in the employee cafeteria!
  • Breakfast line cook at Le Petite Academy!
  • Line cook at the Jayhawker by KU Med!
  • Food Team as a banquet server and now a prep cook!

The ideal student has a strong desire to change his or her economic status through a commitment to a career in the culinary arts. Many will have some barriers to employment, including substance abuse, criminal records or learning disabilities. Kansas City Community Kitchen staff members recruit students from regular kitchen guests; others are referred from local social service agencies who serve people living in poverty.

During each 12-week session, students learn culinary techniques, safe food handling, nutrition planning and life skills. Professionalism is stressed through emphasis on attitude, teamwork and respect. Proper use of uniforms, personal hygiene and grooming also are emphasized. Mentoring by previous students and presentations by current food service employees provide students with a realistic view of opportunities in the industry.

Students spend about 2-1/2 hours daily in the classroom, followed by 3 to 4 hours of hands-on experience. They assist in planning, preparing, and serving catered meals for various community groups. A required catering event for each class generates a lot of enthusiasm and builds self-confidence. Following graduation, the program assists students in finding employment in the food service industry.

Call for more information: (816) 474-6524