After Youth Development Program graduation, Liberty’s Kitchen alum go on to many different pursuits… sometimes even joining our staff! After graduating in 2011, LK alum Keith worked in restaurants all over the city including Commander’s Palace and Crescent City Brewhouse. Recently, he joined our opening team at Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras, where he works as a cook, producing classic hot lunch favorites for hundreds of people daily and even creating new menu items.
He spent hours standardizing the recipe for these delicious pralines and did a cost-analysis to prepare them for sale.
“Keith takes pride in his work and is very attentive to instruction,” says Chef Adam, Poydras General Manager.
In addition to his work as a cook, Keith is currently beta testing training modules for post-graduation education at Poydras for other LK alum. He exemplifies the Career Track training we’re implementing at Poydras, supporting our graduates to get to the next level in their career journeys.
Keith says,”I started as any other youth. I didn’t know where life would take me. So I understand the struggle they face every day. Liberty’s Kitchen gives them a way out. A way to change their own lives.”
We’re so proud of Keith and excited that we can provide another training ground for New Orleans young people with our new location.
Come try Keith’s pralines any day for just $2 at Liberty’s Kitchen Poydras!
–Posted by Nadia Laher, Development Coordinator