Culinary program teaches River City Inmates food service skills - Cincinnati News, FOX19-WXIX TV

River City inmates learning to cook Frisch's style

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -

Jail inmates are learning skills that will help prepare them for a career in the food service industry after their release.

At the River City Correctional Center (RCCC), only a select few are enrolled in the Culinary Arts Program. Those offenders get hands-on experience in food preparation during the nine week course.

Inmate Kathryn Douglass says they learn some valuable life lessons.

"Negotiation, apologizing, understanding the feelings of others, asking questions. Those are all the skills that we've learned," Douglass explained.

Douglass is serving time for violating her probation and says she's also learning something about cooking.

"I'm not a very big cooker at home so I've learned a lot of things in this kitchen that will help me when I leave here," she said.

Thursday is "Frisch's Day" at the correctional center, where the food served for lunch comes from the Frisch's menu and the inmates, or 'residents', are learning to cook, Frisch's style.

RCCC Food Service Manager Greg Janneck says the residents get a good grounding in commercial food operations.

"It's teaching them everything from the basics, all the way through from knowing about safety, sanitation to equipment to food preparation to management," said Janneck.

Frisch's Human Resources Manager Lamont Taylor says residents who successfully complete the culinary training are guaranteed a job at Frisch's.

"After 124 hours of kitchen and classroom work, they can actually leave this facility while they're here and work in our restaurants," Taylor explained.

Getting a job goes a long way towards keeping a convict from re-offending, according to Taylor.

"Come to this facility, they put things in place to allow you to transition back into society, but it's extremely important that you have some job rated skills so you can transition back into society and be a productive member of society," he said.

About 150 residents graduate from the Culinary Arts Program each year, and the program has also served as a model for other workforce development programs around Ohio.

Copyright 2013 WXIX. All rights reserved.

  • FOX19 HeadlinesMore>>

  • Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Ex-Trump aide pleads guilty, will cooperate in Russia probe

    Friday, February 23 2018 12:14 AM EST2018-02-23 05:14:34 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:39 PM EST2018-02-23 22:39:32 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...(AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File). FILE - in this Feb. 14, 2018, file photo, Rick Gates departs Federal District Court in Washington. In a dramatic escalation of pressure and stakes, special counsel Robert Mueller filed additional criminal charges Thursday...

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Full Story >

    Special counsel Robert Mueller has filed additional criminal charges against President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman and his business associate.

    Full Story >
  • Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don't

    Trump says arm US teachers; they love kids as others don't

    Friday, February 23 2018 10:18 AM EST2018-02-23 15:18:09 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:39 PM EST2018-02-23 22:39:18 GMT
    (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...(AP Photo/Andrew Harnik). President Donald Trump takes a question from reporters before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Friday, Feb. 23, 2018, to travel to Oxon Hill, Md. to speak at the Conservative Political Ac...
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".Full Story >
    President Donald Trump says the armed officer who didn't stop the gunman who carried out last week's Florida massacre was either a "coward" or "didn't react properly under pressure.".Full Story >
  • Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Russian indicted by US seen as doing favors for Putin

    Thursday, February 22 2018 5:05 PM EST2018-02-22 22:05:38 GMT
    Friday, February 23 2018 5:38 PM EST2018-02-23 22:38:44 GMT
    (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, gestures on the sidelines of a summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...(AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, file). FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016 file photo, businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin, left, gestures on the sidelines of a summit meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip E...
    The journey of Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has led from prison to wealthy entrepreneur.Full Story >
    The journey of Russian businessman Yevgeny Prigozhin has led from prison to wealthy entrepreneur.Full Story >
Powered by Frankly