Marriott-Supported Students Graduate DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Training Program


January 22nd, 2021

This month, the Marriott International-supported cohort of DC Central Kitchen (DCCK) students graduated from its Culinary Job Training program. For years, Marriott has supported DCCK, a nonprofit addressing hunger and poverty in the DC area, and its work to train unemployed adults and youth facing barriers to employment in culinary and job skills. In addition to financial support, Marriott associates and hotels have supported DCCK by conducting workforce readiness activities, assembling sandwiches, participating as guest judges curing events, hosting tours and internships, and hiring program graduates.

Erika Alexander, Chief Global Officer of Global Operations for Marriott, served as the keynote speaker of the virtual graduation, stressing the importance of food to the world of travel and hospitality while recognizing the grit and strength of those who work in the industry, especially during challenging times.

“It’s no secret that the pandemic has had a serious impact on the hospitality and restaurant industries. But through it all, we’ve seen the incredible passion of our own associates, as well as workers from other companies and businesses, as they continue to do what they do best – serve, whether that be serving their communities through volunteerism and donations or their customers and guests by ensuring an exceptional experience.”

View the graduation here.