Help make our training kitchen complete!

El Nido has built a learning kitchen to provide pathways to success for the next generation! We’re no longer a culinary class without a kitchen. After months and months of planning, fundraising, heaps of red-tape, and hurdles, we are now a culinary class with an AMAZING state-of-the-art kitchen. We’ve come a long way from the days of using a small portable stove!

Our culinary job training kitchen will be a crucial source of support for Pacoima, a Los Angeles community in great need. Budding chefs will learn healthy nutrition and how to prepare fresh, wholesome foods on a budget. El Nido’s “Garden to Table” Culinary Arts classes emphasize health focus and horticulture skills, and trains clients in the culinary and business aspects of restaurant management. Classes will offer certifications for employment while students master culinary arts, kitchen hygiene and food safety.

Our Business Academy students will use the kitchen to teach youth skills in finance, marketing, product development, nutrition, and entrepreneurship, and learn business concepts through planning the launch and operation of a future community café that will serve as a job training program for youth and young adults.

The kitchen still needs to be commercially equipped and stocked so our kids can start cooking. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Questions?  Please contact us at (818) 830-3646, or email

Please watch our video about the kitchen!

Before Photos

El Nido cooking class
BEFORE, Culinary Instructor Wendy, improvising a cook table on a mobile cart

 teaching the culinary program in our community room
BEFORE,Wendy Centeno teaching the culinary program in our community room

El Nido kitchen cooking class
BEFORE, Culinary student using the mobile cart

El Nido cooking class kitchen
BEFORE, Culinary student practicing safe prep and cleaning skills


Teaching kitchen new stove and fridge
NOW, Our teaching kitchen stove and fridge

Training Kitchen at Pacoima
NOW, new sinks and prep area

New training kitchen and new tile floor
NOW, training kitchen front and new tile floor

Training Kitchen at Pacoima
NOW, our new, near complete training kitchen

With Gratitude

Generous Support:

M. Keck Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Michael J. Connell Foundation

Eddie Navarette of FE Design

Edward Dreyfus and Barbara Dreyfus

Emily and Tom Kaplan, Co-owners of Hugo’s Restaurants


Snyder Diamond