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Philabundance Community Kitchen Hires New Supervising Chef

Philadelphia, PA, January 27, 2016 – Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK), a unique adult culinary training program located in North Philadelphia, is pleased to announce Chef Hugo Campos as its new Chef Instructor.

PCK promotes the self-sufficiency of low-income women and men by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens. During this 14-week program, students get nearly 500 hours of experience through classroom learning and internships at restaurants including Moshulu, Earth Bread + Brewery and Pod.

As Chef Instructor for PCK, Chef Hugo will oversee the students as they facilitate ServSafe food safety and sanitation curriculum, learn kitchen and culinary skills and prepare meals for shelters and emergency kitchens, while mentoring the students through respect, trust and support.

Growing up in a suburb of Los Angeles where drugs and gangs were prevalent, Chef Hugo found an alternative avenue through the culinary industry at a young age. Today Chef Hugo lends his years of experience to provide culinary training to others who may be looking for alternative life paths.

“I am both honored and excited to serve as the new Chef Instructor for Philabundance Community Kitchen, a Philabundance program with an 81 percent job placement rate in the food service industry. PCK is more than just cooking in the kitchen; it’s about teaching both culinary and life skills for those who are in need of a new life direction.”

Chef Hugo has an Associate Degree in Culinary Arts from the California School of Culinary Arts. He comes to PCK from Farestart, an adult culinary program in Seattle that provides a real solution to homelessness, poverty and hunger. There, he held the positions of Adult Chef Trainer, Sous Chef and Adult Training Supervisor. Born in El Salvador, Chef Hugo currently resides in South Philadelphia with his fiancé, Katie.

For more information about Chef Hugo Campos, or to request an interview, please contact Amanda White, PR Coordinator at Philabundance, at awhite@philabundance.org or 215-339-0900 x 1501.

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About Philabundance Community Kitchen
The Philabundance Community Kitchen (PCK) was founded in 2000 as an adult culinary arts vocational training program that supplies critically needed meals to agencies and area emergency kitchens serving people with food insecurity. PCK promotes the self sufficiency of low-income women and men by preparing them to work in commercial kitchens through a 14-week program of culinary arts training, in addition to offering exposure to guest chefs, catering opportunities and off-site internships. For more information about PCK, visit https://www.philabundance.org/learn/about-us/programs/philabundance-community-kitchen/.

About Philabundance
Philabundance seeks to drive hunger from our communities today and end hunger forever. It serves approximately 90,000 people per week, a third of whom are children and 15% of whom are seniors. In 2014, Philabundance distributed approximately 30 million pounds of food through its own neighborhood distribution programs and through a network of approximately 350 agencies in 9 counties in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. For more information about Philabundance, visit philabundance.org or call 215-339-0900.

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