Since 2010

Our Program

Students will develop culinary knowledge and practical skills needed to be career-ready for entry-level culinary prep positions, including sanitation, safety, knife skills, use of small and large equipment, varied food preparation, nutritional values, receiving and storage, management, and employability skills.

Teaching Values and Committment

We provide kids and clients a healthy learning environment that supports commitment in a team setting as well as fostering family values.

Life SKILLS

Providing our students and clients the best opportunity to win in life is very important to our program and organization. These life skills will help are young adults thrive at home.

Career development for our youth

Giving our youth an opportunity to succeed in their career is one of the many reasons this program was created.

Innovative

A Fresh Approach to Food  & Education

Griffith’s Kitchen program utilizes culinary arts as a way for our kids and their families to express themselves all the while providing an innovative outlet to help kids showcase their talent and learn skills needed to live a healthy life. Oh, and everyone loves good food too.

Make a Difference

Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up has maintained its commitment to helping families thrive through adverse conditions. But we cannot do it alone. Your support will help families move forward through troubling times and have a major impact on our youth.

Get Involved

Become a Partner

Sponsorships Available

Our community partners play an important role in the success of our programs as well as providing the support needed to help our youth succeed.

Available Resources

Foster Families

We offer support for our foster families by providing cooking classes to help you support the growth of our young children. Classes ranging from knife skills to preparing balanced meals.

Opportunities Available

Volunteer

Our youth could use as many role models and mentors as possible. If you have a passion for giving back to your community let us know. We would love to hear from you.

Our

Partners

Cornelius Page

EXECUTIVE CHEF

Chef Page (Cornelius Page) learned the basics of cooking from his father, mother, and maternal grandmother. He was formally trained in culinary arts via USAF military assignments, and later by continuing education at the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. Some other jobs in the industry via employment with Sodexo USA include Chef positions at The Center for Creative Leadership, The Colorado Springs School, Aspen Music Festival and School, and the World College in New Mexico. He has worked under the tutelage of a host of culinary professionals, stateside and abroad – and brings a wealth of knowledge to our youth due to his travels. His vast experience enables him to truly embrace the role of teacher and directs the operation from a place of teamwork – by bringing everybody along so that the operation does not miss one single beat in his absence. He doesn’t miss much and will call out any infraction…large or small in order to make every moment a teachable one. He oversees the entire culinary competition, selecting and managing the local chefs, judges, and contestants. Lastly, his most “fulfilling” job has been working with youth at GCC and serving our clients and staff, which he sees as a big family. His famous quotes are “Food builds community” “Food provides therapy”.

Michael Sundstrom

CHEF

Chef Mike (Michael Sundstrom) was selftaught in the culinary arts. He has stints as Manager of Idaho Springs and Silverthorne Colorado Burger King restaurants. Other notable experience includes two years as a Sous Chef at Keystone Resort, where he produced food for more than 700 daily during the peak time of ski season. Along with various other cook jobs, including a head trainer position at Gunther Toodys, where he trained all personnel when new stores opened, Mike brings valuable experience to the team. He cofounded the Griffith Centers Culinary Program and currently provides the bulk of the handson training for our client workers. Mike has been employed with GCC since Jan 2001, and when he is called upon to manage the operation, he does it seamlessly. Just as important, Mike once had dual jobs with GCC. While working in the kitchen, he doubled as a Youth Treatment Counselor.

Macall Kirchhoff

CHEF

Macall received her primary culinary education from Managing and Executive level Chefs at The Broadmoor. She served as the Culinary and Guest Services Manager for the Broadmoor’s exclusive wilderness property in the Colorado mountains, which is dedicated to the art of Fly Fishing. During The Fishing Camp’s debut season, Macall curated a unique dining experience for guests. Today, Macall continues to draw upon her love of Greek food she cultivated growing up around the Greek community in her hometown and through a visit to Greece as a teenager. Over the course of a 30-day visit to Katerini, Greece, Macall experienced the true richness of Greek culture, cooking, and hospitality by spending every day alongside YaiYai and Pappou.While working at the longest-running Five Star, Five Diamond resort in the world, Macall served as a supervisor on the In-Room Dining team and further developed her guest service skills. In addition to her enthusiasm for preparing delicious meals, Macall possesses an abiding passion for animals and began pursuing life as an equestrian at a young age.She currently works as a professional trainer coaching clients of all ages and levels in the art of equestrianism, predominantly the Hunter/Jumper & Dressage disciplines.Another source of Macall’s joy derives from her recent work as a Direct Support Provider (host home) and Program Counselor for adults who have developmental disabilities.Macall is thrilled to be a member of the Griffith Centers for Children, Chins Up! She cherishes each and every moment with clients and hopes the meals she prepares inspire and sustain the youth and staff at Griffith Centers.

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Contact info

How Can We Help You?

Monday to Friday

7am – 8pm

Saturday

Closed

Sunday

Closed

Call Us

Office: (719) 636-2122
Fax:      (719) 327-2044

Visit Us

17 Farragut Ave
Colorado Springs, CO 80909

Email Us

griffithskitchen@griffithcenters.org