The Portland Kitchen: Culinary Arts & Life Skills

The Portland Kitchen

For the teen who dreams of being the world’s best pastry chef, there’s a place they can go to cook up kitchen experience, friendships and social skills. It’s called The Portland Kitchen.

As a nonprofit, The Portland Kitchen is open to all teens ages 14-18, but specifically targets underserved youths during recruitment. The no-cost year-long program makes it easier for teens of all kinds of economic situations to jump on board. It a way for youths to learn everything from basic kitchen safety, to lessons about teamwork, to how to whip up a soufflé.

The organization’s founder, Abigail Herrera, started planning this project in 2010. She saw a need for a culinary program that would open doors for youths who wanted or needed the hands-on kitchen experience. So she created a program that would be a safe space for culinary career development as well as social skill building.

And now graduates of The Portland Kitchen walk away with knowledge of healthy eating habits, a SafeServ certificate, job experience for their resume, a letter of recommendation, and memories of a great community-building year.

For this week on’s award-winning Community Voices series, we feature from the archives, The Portland Kitchen. You can listen to interview sessions with members of the organization below.

Original Air Date:  March 21st 2016

Original Blog Credit:  Nastacia Voisin

Tim Billado

Tim Billado

Multimedia Major at Portland Community College. Student of broadcasting and lover of local music and art. Originally from Burlington, Vermont
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