Sketch and The Drake to Showcase Emerging Culinary Artist

Krystal Whyte, left, working with chef Andrew Eade at the Drake Commissary (CNW Group/Sketch)

TORONTO — Sketch — a non-profit community-arts initiative engaging homeless and marginalized youth through the arts — is partnering with Drake Commissary to spotlight Sketch artist Krystal Whyte and her culinary exhibition at the Sketch Supporter Holiday Celebration.

The event will take place on Dec. 7 at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw St., Toronto).

Whyte’s trained with Sketch’s Culinary Arts program and recently completed an autumn-long internship at the Drake Commissary with chef Andrew Eade. The internship is the first in this pilot collaboration, designed to give marginalized youth with culinary ambitions a chance to work and learn in a professional setting.

“Working in the Drake Commissary alongside a professional staff and chef Andrew was a wonderful experience,” says Whyte. “It was the perfect hands-on, pressure-cooker venue for me to hone the culinary skills I’d learned at Sketch.”

Sketch executive director Rudy Ruttimann says the partnership with the Drake Commissary is a strategic response to the lack of paid internships in the food industry that accommodates youth living homeless or marginalized youth who are not in school.