Student Success Stories

To date the Community Culinary School has achieved:

–> 96% job placement rate
–> 95% job retention rate
–> 100% of graduates have received ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification

Graduates are required to be available for a review six months after graduation.


Partnering with other community organizations allows us to empower more individuals than we could alone! Our friends at Glenholme School is just one example of spreading the love – in big ways!

Our graduates are making us proud!


  • Holly Schiffert is working at Ana Grace Crec school in Avon, CT, for Whitson’s Culinary food  group. She graduated December 1, 2017 and started working on December 11, 2018. Holly is a prep cook and now is cooking 4 days a week to free up lead cook so she can do ordering, etc.  They usually cook 270 hot lunches daily!!!   This is an elementary school pre-k – 5th grade!!!    Holly is the one in blue in the photo above!!!!
  • Congratulations to our graduate, Luke Charof. He is now the chef at Copas Restaurant in Bethel, CT.
  • You can catch our graduate, Dee Biglin’s, “TV Serial Dinners”, show on Saturdays, 4:30 p.m. and Wednesdays, 2 pm. On Charter Public Access Channel 192.
  • Big congratulations to our graduate, DJ Mimms. He has been hired as a full-time sous chef at Watermark At East Hill, a retirement community, located in Southbury, CT! Way to go, DJ!
  • Go Mary Helen! Our grad’s crab soup recipe is featured in a new fish sauce cookbook along with recipes from other culinary greats like Andrew Zimmerman.You can read all about the book here.
  • Mary Helen, has a new “cookbook”! This one has natural beauty products and recipes! It’s on sale now. Check it out here!
  • While many grads work locally after graduation, others have ventured across the country for different culinary experiences. We have grads in Oregon, Texas, Louisiana, and our graduate Arielle has recently moved to Alaska! She is working under the direction of Chef Guy Conley, who was nominated for a James Beard award for the Best Chef Northwest.  Arielle loves working in the kitchen of Fat Ptarmigan, a fine-dining restaurant in Anchorage, AK and being able to train under such a talented chef. Arielle’s experience in healthcare as well as restaurants will serve her well as she continues on her career path.