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This Brownsville Community Center Builds Culinary Careers

by   Photos by Sam Hodgson | June 14, 2018

Brownsville Community Culinary Center offers a 40-week paid training program, helping a rotating cohort of neighborhood residents pursue careers in food.

It’s morning at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center (BCCC) and the colorful café and restaurant are closed. Parliament Funkadelic is playing over the speakers, and in the open kitchen at the back of the dining room, participants in black chef coats cut chicken breasts into strips as prep for a catering order, some nodding their heads to the music as they complete their work while some laser-focused on their tasks. [READ MORE]

Gothamist: How An Antebellum Chef Is Inspiring Brownsville Culinary Students To Reclaim Their Food Heritage

by ANDRES O'HARA - May 15, 2018 

Southern food, soul food, and barbecue are popping up in more and more restaurants across the country, but many of the people who are bringing this food to fancy restaurants look, unsurprisingly, very little like its original creators. “Everyone’s attracted to our seasonings, our food, but they want to flip it, without understanding where we come from,” said chef Michael Twitty, speaking at the Brownsville Community Culinary Center last week. “People love the cooking of black and brown folk. They love it more than they love us, that’s the problem.” [READ MORE]

Brownstoner: Brownsville Restaurant and Culinary Project Aims to Transform Lives

By Cate Corcoran - December 27, 2017

At the Brownsville Community Culinary Center, a new group of participants was tackling its first baking class.

They were kneading dough and mostly silent as they focused on their work. The teacher darted in and out of the well-equipped back room. Out front, another group took orders and prepared meals in the open kitchen... [Read More]

TimeOut: Brownsville Community Culinary Center

By Richard Morgan - November 20, 2017

“Why’s it kale and not collards or okra?” my dining companion asked as he held a kale biscuit in his hand with abject curiosity. He took a cautious nibble and was so taken aback that the fronds of his fernlike curly flattop bobbed backward. “Wow,” he said. “That’s why”... [Read More]

My Brother's Keeper: District 23 MBK Mentor Ambassadors

Published by My Brother's Keeper: CSD 23 - November 6, 2017

Thank you Dr. Goss & District 23 MBK Mentor Ambassadors for hosting the My Brother's Keeper intro event at our space today! 


PLUS1: The Brownsnville Community Culinary Center x The National

Shot By Aaron DuRall; Published by PLUS1 - October 6, 2017

Beyond grateful to Aaron Dessner and The National for this shout out at Forest Hills and to Marika Shaw and Plus1 for their remarkable support. $1 of every ticket sold on The National tour going to The BCCC!

For more about PLUS1 click here

wNYC: "How A New Culinary Center Trains Brownsville Residents For Careers In Food"

Published By The Leonard Lopate Show - October 27, 2017

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center is a café, bakery, and culinary training program in Brownsville, Brooklyn that trains community members for culinary careers through a 40-week apprenticeship program. Philip Hoffman, executive director, Lucas Denton, it’s co-founder and content director, and Rodney Frazer, chef educator at the program, join us to discuss the program. We will also hear from JohnnyMae Robinson, an advisory board member, as well as some of the group’s participants...

New York Times: "Gentrification Isn't on the Menu"

By Ginia Bellafante - July 27, 2017

Four years ago, Lucas Denton was shopping at the Scratchbread Bakery in Bedford-Stuyvesant when he noticed a large man, seemingly unfamiliar with that part of Brooklyn, gesticulating and speaking loudly on the sidewalk in what Mr. Denton described as “an Elven language.” His impulse was to welcome him to the neighborhood, he recounted recently, “and maybe calm him down a touch.” Mr. Denton, then in his late 20s, had developed an appreciation for fashion but food culture remained alien to him; so it signified nothing when the man said that his name was Claus Meyer... [Read More]