History


 Founding Executive Chef and Director Linda Vogler

Founding Executive Chef and Director Linda Vogler

A new state of the art commercial kitchen was idle after 1 p.m. each day. Thousands of pounds of fresh produce were going to waste. Homeless shelters and soup kitchens needed to cook nutritious meals for residents. Individuals needed training for good jobs.

Bonnie West at Community Food Rescue had lots of food coming in. Tia McCutcheon at Friendship Trays had a big commercial kitchen that was idle in the afternoons. A big “what if” led to the creation of the Charlotte Community Kitchen, which later took the name Community Culinary School of Charlotte.

Founded in 1997, the School has grown from Class 1, with two students in a one-room section of unfinished warehouse bay, to Class 50 that inaugurated a new teaching space on Monroe Road. With the graduation of class 54 in  August 2016, 846 at-risk adults had completed the program.

 

 

 

 

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Every year, the NBA Sponsors NBA Fit Week-a franchise-wide initiative to promote healthy lifestyles including diet and exercise. This year, NBA Charlotte-Hornets picked to partner with CCSC and Right Moves for Youth students in the Pass the Plate Challenge! This team building competition brought together an after school group of students, local chefs and the Charlotte Hornets players to create healthy and inspiring entrées. All dishes were judged by CCSC Executive Director Chef Ron and the Honeybees! Congratulations to the winning team who received 5 tickets to the Hornets vs. Brooklyn Nets game.

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Looking sharp Class 59! First day of class means learning the basics-knife skills and working with kitchen equipment. ... See MoreSee Less

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Call or email today to order your Playoff Games Wings Special!

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Look who's back! Class 53 Graduate Kiara S visits CCSC. She's happy to see Victor and Senico, another Class 53 Graduate. Kiara is doing well and gives an update on her latest job success at Maggiano's! ... See MoreSee Less

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I am proud to say that Saint Matthew Catholic Church helps to support The Community Culinary School of Charlotte. CCSC operates on grants and gifts from corporations, institutions, churches, businesses and individual donors. Grants from government agencies support job placement and other services. Make a donation if you can. It will go to pay for the training of persons on government assistance as well as those who are released from prison. You can help turn someones life around. ... See MoreSee Less

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