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 job 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

2022 Grant Program for Community-Based Culinary Arts Training Programs

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Request for Proposal

The 2022 submission period for the Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant is now closed. We will issue an invitation to apply for this special grant opportunity to previously JPF-funded community based culinary programs in 2023. Please stay tuned.

A Selection of Past and Current Beneficiaries

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

Our Efforts

Since we started our grant program in 2019, we have granted over $600,000 to more than 35 different organizations nationwide. The pandemic has created desperate need, and we believe that culinary skills for the economic and physical health of under-served populations are more important than ever.


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.

Beginning in 2018, the Foundation proudly distributed books and videos to community-based culinary arts training programs. Please see our Map of support for a listing of all the Community Kitchens served. 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 2021, the JPF released a collaborative online culinary curriculum with Rouxbe Online Culinary Education. The pandemic made clear the need for online culinary training. The JPF responded by creating an online course with Rouxbe called “Jacques Pépin: A Legacy of Technique.” The collaboration has also made possible discounted fundamental course offerings for our Community Kitchen partners from Rouxbe.

OXO Peeler

Building Industry Relationships

We have created relationships with industry partners including OXO and Cuisinart. Each company has provided a steady stream of needed equipment to community kitchen partners in support of their culinary training programs.

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

Premier Sponsors

Oceania logo
Atria logo
Tequila Herradura logo
Rachael Ray Foundation logo
Artistry of Jacques Pepin logo

Education Partners

Catalyst Kitchens logo
Feed America logo

Supporting Sponsors

Boos logo
Cuisinart logo
Dish Off the Block logo
OXO logo

Making a Difference

JPF 2022 Aid Campaign

2022 Posters Now Available

Artist-quality prints of Jacques’ painting “Vivid Buffet” are now available for a donation benefiting the JPF. This year’s posters help celebrate the JPF’s 5th Anniversary, and feature Jacques’ distinctive abstract style. These museum-quality posters are made on thick and durable matte paper and available in two colors (ochre and blue).

Jacques Pépin and Jimmy Fallon

Jacques Appears on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon”

On January 27, 2022, Jacques appeared as a guest on “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” He made a French omelette with Jimmy and Questlove, demonstrating his signature technique, while highlighting his forthcoming book, The Art of the Chicken: A Master Chef’s Recipes and Stories of the Humble Bird.