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30 Sep

NECAT’s sixth cohort of Culinary Arts Job Training students graduated on September 24, surrounded by NECAT staff, current students, and over 100 friends and family members. It was a night filled with celebration and emotion, and excitement for the journey ahead. Click HERE to see all the pictures from this wonderful night!

Representative Byron Rushing was the Commencement Speaker. He told the graduates to always follow their passion, work hard and remember the importance of community; “if you’re going to succeed, you’re not going to do it alone… your community is all of us.”

Graduate Brian Edwards was the student speaker and shared how NECAT’s program helped him become a highly trained chef and achieve his dream – since completing the program, Brian has secured a job with acclaimed Chef Ming Tsai at the amazing Blue Ginger Restaurant in Wellesley.

Representative Rushing was welcomed to the graduation ceremony by NECAT Founder, Maarten Hemsley, who noted that next week marks NECAT’s second anniversary since opening. To date, NECAT has enrolled 160 students and achieved outstanding program completion and job placement outcomes. Graduates are working in the kitchens of many Boston-area establishments including Daily Table, Commonwealth Kitchen, Abe & Louis, Boys and Girls Club, Panificio and VineRipe Grill.

Members of NECAT’s Board of Directors and Advisory Board were also in attendance, including Karen Holmes Ward of WCVB Channel 5; Philanthropists Shirley and Jim Marten; Lee Kennedy, President of Lee Kennedy Company; Darryl Settles, President of Catalyst Ventures; and Marjorie Clapprood and Chris Spinazzola of Clappazzola Partners and the Spinazzola Foundation.

Special thank you to Kabloom! for donating the roses for our graduates!