Recipe For Change Men & Women Culinary Education Program

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We are a 501(c)(3) organization providing opportunities for sustainable change to detainees of the Cook County Jail.


Recipe for Change is a program designed to give dignity and opportunity to the inmates of Cook County Jail through an introduction to healthy food, good nutrition and the art of quality cooking. More than in a traditional cooking class, these students, who happen to be detainees, are challenged to meet the expectations of the best and most rigorous culinary arts school.  Behavioral expectations in the kitchen and on their dedicated cellblock are high.  During each session, spanning three months, aside from the finer points of cuisine, they learn the importance of teamwork, focus and accountability.  They are expected to memorize intricate recipes and demonstrate knowledge of kitchen safety protocols along with proper serving and table manners.