Chefs for Hope

Mora McCreary, left, and Dee Dee Gibson got some appetizers from Cesar Perez with Corbetts at Chefs for Hope, an incredible six-course dinner cooked by Louisville's culinary stars to benefit the Salvation Army Culinary Training Program. (Photo and Caption courtesy: Kylene Lloyd, The Courier-Journal)

A few months ago, they were homeless or barely getting by. Many of them had no background in cooking. But just last weekend they were working alongside several of Louisville’s top chefs, preparing and serving $250-a-plate dinners to a crowd of 100 diners at the ‘Chefs for Hope’ benefit.

They are the newest students of The Salvation Army Louisville’s Culinary Training Program, which provides homeless and low-income individuals with the skills they need to earn jobs in the hospitality industry. And while they may still be searching for permanent housing or a steady job, they’re now getting the experience and support they need to make it happen.

The ‘Chefs for Hope’ benefit is just one part of the students’ months-long intensive kitchen training, but it provides a unique and encouraging opportunity for them to work alongside local culinary stars.  Louisville’s Courier-Journal ran a great article about the event and this amazing program.

After reading about the six course meal and appetizers, no doubt you and I both wish we could have been at that dinner, but don’t worry! Next week, just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’re going to feature some special recipes from the Culinary Training Program’s head chef Josh Arnold.

Be sure to check our blog Monday for some edible inspirations from The Salvation Army’s kitchen.