Durham Kitchen Connection
Durham Kitchen Connection is a culinary training program for young adults with criminal records that provides students with the opportunity to interview with local restaurants and gain employment. Through this project, the team hopes to decrease the stigma against hiring former offenders. During the fall semester the team held a cooking skills session at a local restaurant for two Duke students and two Durham youths. Both youths were offered job interviews after the program and one secured a job offer. The team raised $300 toward a scholarship program to help their program attendees. This fall they will work with Duke Dining services to secure kitchen space – they have tentative support from chef Chris Holloway to utilize the test kitchen in the West Union.