Strengthening community-based culinary arts training programs across the country

The Jacques Pépin Foundation (JPF) advances Jacques’ love of culinary arts and teaching through video and recipe production and curriculum development, expanding education and training for all.

We provide grants and other resources to community-based culinary arts training programs nationwide, supporting those organizations that help individuals detached from the workforce gain confidence, skills, and employment in the food industry.

Learn more about our specific support for culinary training programs across the U.S. by clicking on the map at right. If you are interested in learning more about the JPF, please subscribe to our newsletter or reach out to us at We would love to know about your program.

Join the JPF’s Vision to improve lives and strengthen communities through culinary education. Joining the JPF Membership directly helps expand the reach of the JPF’s Mission to promote Jacques’ generosity and passion for cooking by supporting individuals that seek, and organizations that create pathways to success through culinary professionalism, skills, and technique.

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. Questions about our Grants Program? Please contact Jennifer Quigley-Harris at

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Grant Program For Community-Based Culinary Arts Training Programs

2023 JPF Principal Grants Program RFP.

Apply Now May 1, 2023 or October 1, 2023

2022 Grant Program Recipient, West Side Catholic Center

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Grant Program for Community-Based Culinary Arts Training Programs / Two-Year Partnership Circle Grant (2023 Pilot)

Invitation for previously funded JPF grantees to apply for a $50K grant dispersed over two consecutive years (2 x $25K) pilot funding program. Applicant requirements:

  • Funded by the JPF previously
  • Culinary Program Budget over $450,000
  • Culinary Program graduates more than 25 students/year
  • Culinary Program has systems in place to support alumni after graduation and have criteria or employer vetting in place to benefit graduates.

Applicants must be willing to form 2-year collaborative partnership with the JPF to help inform and provide feedback on best-practices for what helps CBCATs succeed and grow. One organization will be funded for 2024/25. Due date of Oct 1. Qualified applicants may also apply for Principal Grants Program as outlined above.

Apply Now October 1, 2023

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2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant

Applications for the 2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant are now closed. Please stay tuned for the 2024 RFP in February of 2024. Learn more about this year’s recipient, Melissa (Missy) Terrell

2023 Gloria Pépin Memorial Grant Recipient Melissa (Missy) Terrell

Partners and Beneficiaries

Catalyst Kitchens

We partner with Catalyst Kitchens, a network of nonprofits leading a movement to end joblessness through foodservice job training and social enterprise.

Feeding America

We support Feeding America’s network of culinary job training programs housed in food banks across the country.

JPF Support

Grant Funding

JPF Grant Funding

Since we started our grants program in 2019, we have granted over $1,000,000 to multiple organizations nationwide. The JPF mission and vision are rooted firmly in the belief that culinary skills training leads better health, increased self-confidence, and employment and career opportunities. We are proud to partner with and support organizations in every community that offer life skills and culinary training to individuals with high barriers to employment.

See our map of support

2021 Grant Program Recipient, La Cocina

Curricular Materials


JPF Library

The Foundation distributes a set of books that includes two Jacques Pépin technique-driven cookbooks — Complete Techniques and Essential Pépin (along with accompanying educational DVD), and a copy of Jacques’ autobiography The Apprentice to training programs for use in their curriculum or as an addition to their lending library for participants.

JPF Curricular Materials - Cooking Videos

Cooking Videos

The Foundation offers selections of Jacques Pépin cooking videos on its website for all culinary training programs to access and use in their curriculum.

The Foundation offers free JPF Group Memberships for organizations that have received a grant, providing multi-person logins for Cook with Jacques Pepin & Friends – the JPF Membership Video Recipe Book that features over 165 cooking videos.

In 2021, the JPF released a collaborative online culinary curriculum with Rouxbe Online Culinary Education. The online course with Rouxbe called “Jacques Pépin: A Legacy of Technique” helps support our work with training programs.

OXO Peeler

Industry Support

We continue to build relationships with food industry partners such as OXO, Cuisinart, Nestle Professional and Chef Works to help provide much-needed equipment and supplies for community-based culinary training program grantees. Please reach out to us if you would like more information about becoming a Jacques Pépin Industry Partner.