Visiting Chefs Series
Boston's top chefs are sharing their passion for the culinary arts and giving back to their community through Pine Street’s Visiting Chefs Series.
Through the Visiting Chef Series at Pine Street Inn, local chefs share their expertise and culinary journey with trainees in our food services training program through interactive food demonstrations, tastings and questions. These demonstrations have introduced our trainees to a variety of topics from how to prepare and cook various seafoods to making delicious puddings and desserts from scratch.
The goal of each Visiting Chef demonstration is to introduce our trainees to practical experiences, as well as offer insights on how to succeed and grow in the culinary and food services industry.
“The Visiting Chefs are very generous with their time and talents. The trainees recognize this and are inspired by the Chefs and their stories to do even better,” says Frank Van Overbeeke, Pine Street’s executive chef.
Each year, more than 100 people participate in Pine Street’s food services training program. Our trainees are men and women who have faced homelessness and are now transitioning back into the workplace. Many have faced challenges including homelessness, substance abuse, mental health issues and/or incarceration. The training program helps participants regain confidence in their ability to learn and work.
Thank you to our participating chefs and restaurants:
- Legal Sea Foods, coordinated by Kevin Watson
- Sodexo, coordinated by Steve Porter
- Flour Bakery+Café and Myers + Chang, coordinated by Joanne Chang
- Tremont 647 and Sister Sorel, Andy Husbands
- Toro and Coppa, Jamie Bissonnette
- Finale, Christina Mercado
- Unreal Candy, Adam Melonas
Watch: Pine Street's Visiting Chefs