Yan is 21 years old, originally from Caguas, Puerto Rico, and dreams of opening a sustainable restaurant, focused on teaching the community about sustainability and empowering people of scarce resources to start a career in culinary arts. She is the first female recipient and we are very excited about mentoring her and helping her to become a strong Latino female chef. Yan has studied in Barcelona, Spain and San Juan, Puerto Rico and hopes to continue her travels and explore different cultures and cuisines.
Alejandro is 20 years old, from New Orleans and of Mexican descent. He currently has two jobs, speaks multiple languages including Spanish, Arabic and Chinese, and is involved in community service. We are thrilled to announce that he will be our 2018 New Orleans scholarship recipient and look forward to mentoring him through his journey.
Oswaldo Rios, our first recipient is just 21 years old. He’s originally from Mexico, and immigrated to the US with his family when he was about 8. Oswaldo was working at Filipes in New Orleans when we first found him. He has since graduated the Professional Culinary Arts Program from the International Culinary Center located in NYC and has had an externship under Chef Alex Stupak at Empellón.