Strengthening community-based culinary arts training programs across the country

Through our network partners, Catalyst Kitchens and Feeding America, we have identified over 100 community kitchens across the country dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through culinary training. These programs offer individuals free culinary and life skills training that leads to increased confidence, better health and more employment opportunities. Our goal is to discover every organization that does this work and to create a community that shares best practices and effective curricula.

Map of culinary arts training programs across the United States

Our Support for Community Kitchens (Click for Interactive Map)

Grants and Collaborative Opportunities

The Jacques Pépin Foundation supports culinary arts education and training. Our mission is in part realized by supporting non-profit, community-based, culinary arts training programs that offer life skills and culinary training to adults with high barriers to employment.

Current Grant Opportunities

Request for Proposal: 2020 Grant Toward Community-based Culinary Arts Training Programs

With over $100K available, our 2020 grant program represents our next level effort to advance culinary training through CBCATs. This request for proposals (RFP) is for existing CBCATs who are raising capital to formalize their culinary training program, join a community kitchen network, improve facilities, expand their programming, or in other ways directly improve their teaching. We are accepting bids for $5,000 - $10,000 grants. An interactive map listing of organizations that have previously received our support can be found at the top of this page.

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Past and Current Beneficiaries

Food Bank NYC logo
Community Kitchen Pittsburgh logo
Life's Kitchen logo
Kitchens for Good logo
Inspiration Corporation logo
Catalyst Kitchen logo
Chefs Collaborative logo
Farestart logo
Food Bank/Community Kitchen logo
NECAT logo
Yellow Farmhouse logo

Our Efforts

Our goal is to raise visibility and support for community kitchens across the country. In 2019, we will initiate a program offering $10K grants to at least 10 different community kitchens. In addition, our efforts include

Books

Source Materials

The JPF shares content from Jacques’ rich legacy of cookbooks and videos with community kitchens to be used as training materials or part of a lending library.

In 2018, the Foundation proudly distributed books and videos to over 20 community-based culinary arts training programs. Highlighting Jacques’ firm belief that learning culinary technique is an essential ingredient for success, the multimedia care packages included two technique-driven cookbooks, an accompanying educational DVD, Pépin’s autobiography and a copy of “The Art of the Craft”, an American Masters documentary film about Pépin.

In 2019, the JPF will continue this distribution and in addition will work to create a consolidated library of Jacques’ videos and a catalog of demonstrated techniques to be utilized in community kitchen curricula across the country.

OXO Peeler

Building Industry Relationships

OXO provided 20 community-based culinary arts training programs each with $500 worth of their universal design tools, including peelers, gloves, can openers, whisks, mixing bowl sets and knives. OXO has anniversaried this commitment for an additional 10K in 2019. Thank you to OXO for being one of our valued industry partners!

JP Cooking Demo

Direct Teaching

Jacques and other JPF team members volunteer their time in community kitchens providing professional training to students. We also connect professional chefs who want to volunteer to community kitchens in their area.

Our Partners and Collaborators

OXO logo
Boos logo
Catalyst Kitchens logo
Feed America logo
Oceania logo
Atria logo

Making a Difference

JPF Member 2020 logo

Jacques Pépin Foundation Annual Membership

Aligned with our mission of improving lives and strengthening communities through culinary education and training, every annual JPF Membership level will directly support community-based culinary training that provides essential culinary and life skills for individuals with barriers to employment.

Jacques Pepin Foundation 2020 Aid Campaign

2020 Aid Campaign

For our 2020 Relief Campaign, we have extended our offering of prints of Jacques’ artwork to the end of the year. A limited number of hand-signed prints are available on request by email. The need of our country’s under-served citizens, and now restaurant workers is greater than ever. Please help us support our community kitchen partners, fighting on the front lines of hunger relief.

Jaques and Barbara Fenzl

A Tribute To Barbara Fenzl Of Les Gourmettes Cooking School

Postponed to May 2021 — Our tribute to Barbara Fenzl of Les Gourmettes Cooking School, now to be held in May 2021, will be a star-studded evening with Master of Ceremonies Chef Jacques Pépin, Mark Tarbell, Claudine Pépin and Rollie Wesen, at the Mountain Shadows Resort and Spa in Scottsdale, Arizona. Proceeds will benefit the […]