Prior to coming to the program, I was unemployed and homeless. Being out of work and not having your own place to live was hard.
The challenges I faced while in the program was not working and not having an income. At the beginning of the program, I thought that Chef Izzy was being hard on me but he was not and I overcame that hurdle by understanding where he was coming from and where I was trying to go.
My favorite part of the program was cooking international cuisine from all over the world and meeting different people from different backgrounds. What I learned from the program is that I can do anything that I set my mind to and that you can fall down but never give up trying to stand back up.
The program has changed my life because I learned to believe in myself and to have more faith in myself. I have also learned that I can defeat the stress and problems in my life.
My hopes and dreams for the future is to have my own catering business or my own restaurant. I also hope to come back to Second Harvest one day with a huge donation and to sponsor a student to go to Second Harvest Culinary Training Program.
I would encourage anyone that would be interested in coming to Second Harvest Culinary Training Program to go. They will learn from the best, have a good support system, meet great people and do things that they thought they could not do. Second Harvest inspires people beyond their greatest mean.
Thanks to the supportive team of the Culinary Training Program, I am now employed full-time at the Homewood Suites as a food attendant and cook, and finally able to start putting my life back together.”
Session 6 Graduate