Chef Space Kitchen to help foodie entrepreneurs

Aspiring food entrepreneurs who want to transition from treats made in a home kitchen to food created in a commercially run kitchen will now have the chance with the new Chef Space Kitchen Incubator.

Inspired by the Union Kitchen incubator in Washington, D.C., Chef Space — Louisville’s first kitchen incubator focusing on food entrepreneurship — will be opening late October at 1812 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd., where Jay’s Cafeteria was previously located.

Incubators, which have started to pop up across the country in the last five to seven years, help drive new startup food businesses that could not legally produce their food without a health department-licensed commercial kitchen. Incubators, which rent out kitchen space, help entrepreneurs turn a culinary dream into reality.

Community Ventures, which owns the new Chef Space Kitchen, has partnered with the city’s health department to help budding entrepreneurs operate their businesses legally in Louisville with the new incubator.

“Food safety regulation are a top priority; that’s part of the training offered for entrepreneurs at Chef Space—you’re no working out of your own kitchen anymore, you’re serving your community, and consumers all looks for that safety rating and standard,” said Susan Barry, President and CEO of Community Foundation of Louisville.

Applications for a cooking spot are open to anyone, whether he or she dreams of opening a food truck, catering company or a bakery.

“With the membership, Chef Space will help people who are struggling at home or in church kitchens open their own small businesses with the right sources and proper training,” said Johnetta Roberts, vice president of Community Ventures.

Entrepreneurs must apply for a membership to use the incubator’s kitchen space. Monthly membership plans that offer access to kitchen space on nights and weekends begin at $600 per month, which includes professional training and consulting. Twenty-four-seven kitchen access costs $800 per month. [Applications are available online.]

from the Courier-Journal, June 29, 2015