2023 Nominations are now closed!  Check out all of our amazing nominees below. The winner will be voted on by our Member Leadership Board and announced in January of 2024.

We recognize that it takes a village to drive successful culinary job training programs. From delivering life skills to demonstrating knife cuts in the kitchen, there are many hands involved in supporting students. The annual Catalyst for Change Award was created in 2015 to recognize exemplary individuals within our network for their dedication and embodiment of their organization’s mission.

In 2022, after the passing of our founder, David Carleton, the award was renamed in his honor.  You can read more about his impact on our work here.

We ask the Catalyst Kitchens network to nominate their coworkers for the David Carleton Catalyst for Change award to shine a spotlight on those dedicating their time, passion, and resources to guide their students towards a successful career path in foodservice. After reviewing all nominations, our Member Board votes to determine the award recipient.

We will update this page as we get nominees.  We are honored as always to get to build a platform and show off the work of our amazing members and their programs!

The Perks

Award recipients are profiled in our blog, sent a physical award, and recognized at our next Catalyst Kitchens National Summit. We strive to tell the story of all award nominees throughout the year to recognize their commitment to student success.

The member organization employing and empowering the annual winner is also awarded a grant from The David Carleton Founder’s Fund, and we work with the member organization and the winner to recommend additional benefits such as an extra week of paid time off.

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.