Encouraging the best in ourselves, our neighbors, our community.


Our tuition free culinary and life skills training program provides the proper foundation, training, and opportunity to achieve.


Our culinary pathway program was developed to act as the catalyst for individuals in the community to build a better life for themselves, providing a path out of poverty.


Demand for food service personnel has increased providing opportunities for work in a variety of settings including restaurants, hospitals, hotels, schools and catering.

Our Program

Roberti Culinary Pathway is located in an economically distressed neighborhood of south Waukegan where the current poverty level is over 32%. Just a couple blocks to the south, the poverty level climbs to 45%. We give struggling individuals who live in this community the skills needed to enter the foodservice workforce. Our program provides hands-on culinary training by a professional chef and includes food preparation, sanitation, kitchen communication skills, and proper use of equipment.


The students, the industry, and the community all benefit from the Roberti Culinary Pathway.

Community Impact

Total Meals Back to Community

Student Application


Friday Lunches

We invite members of the community for lunch prepared by the students, allowing them to practice their front of the house service skills.

Partner With Us

We appreciate our partners: food service employers, food distributors and other educating opportunities. Let’s work together to create partnerships that work.

Meet Our Chef

We are so fortunate to welcome Clay Erickson, our full-time culinary instructor, to help with the RCP mission.

Contact Us

The Roberti Culinary Pathway 
833 South Lincoln Avenue
Waukegan, Illinois 60085
Phone: (224)-209-3717

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