Real Jobs.
Good Food.

Detroit Kitchen Terminal exists to reduce repeat incarceration by training workers to thrive in our city’s growing restaurant industry.

What We Do

We’re a nonprofit community kitchen that uses food to create opportunity, bridge gaps, and unite neighbors. We are committed to reducing the toll of incarceration on individuals, families, and communities by strengthening Detroiters’ self-reliance and stability through expert-led programming. Our organization focuses on three areas:

Culinary Training
Our rigorous chef-led training program builds specialized culinary skills for individuals returning from prison.
Job Placement
We connect newly trained workers to chefs, sous-chefs, and hiring managers at local restaurants.
Cooking School
We host recreational classes, professional development courses, and cooking events for the local community.
If you’re a potential student or industry professional interested in our programming, please reach out to


Desiré Vincent Levy

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Desiré Vincent Levy is a community organizer, activist, and strategist. Before founding Detroit Kitchen Terminal, she served as Associate Director of Communications at the ACLU of Michigan. Much of her career has been focused on criminal justice reform, including roles at the Vera Institute of Justice, Brennan Center for Justice, and Columbia University’s Beyond the Bars fellowship. She previously volunteered as a reentry mentor at the Women’s Prison Association in NYC. She heads up community relations, communications, and operations for Detroit Kitchen Terminal.

Anthony Lombardo

Co-Founder & Executive Chef
Lombardo is the executive chef and owner of beloved Detroit restaurant SheWolf. He is a 2004 graduate of The Culinary Institute of America in New York and has worked at some of the world’s finest restaurants, from 1789 Restaurant in D.C. to Villa Maiella Ristorante in Italy to the Everest Room in Chicago. While in D.C., Anthony volunteered as a teacher at D.C. Central Kitchen before joining their Board of Directors. After a move to Detroit, MI, Chef Anthony opened SheWolf in 2018 to much acclaim, becoming one of the best new restaurants in the country (Thrillist) and earning a coveted James Beard Nomination. He leads Detroit Kitchen Terminal’s curriculum development and culinary training program.

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