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Marianne Ali

Chef Marianne Ali, the first Catalyst for Change Award Winner

Catalyst Kitchens presents the first CK Annual Award in recognition of an individual from the CK network whose outstanding service and dedication to empowering lives through job training has made a significant impact to individuals, their community, and the field of food service social enterprise. 

The first recipient of this award is the very special Chef Marianne Ali, Director of Culinary Job Training at DC Central Kitchen. Marianne embodies the spirit of this award; she has given her heart and talent to supporting student goals and the success of DCCK. 

Marianne Ali cooks with president clinton

Here are a few statistical highlights from Marianne’s eighteen years of service at DCCK: 

  • Named a 2014 White House Champion of Change
  • 102 annual graduates, a new organizational best for DCCK
  • Graduated milestone 100th culinary class
  • Increased graduates’ average starting wages by more than $1.00 per hour
  • Developed innovative new intake scorecard

Past Winners

Every year since 2015, our network has honored the amazing work of someone making a difference and changing lives through work in a member program.  Read about their stories by clicking below.