One of the things we admire most about St. Joseph Center's Culinary Training Program (CTP) is that the curriculum is intended to train individuals for an opportunity to create a new career in the food industry and a new path in their lives.
Eulalia "La" Trinidad is one of the graduating students from the CTP that has used the skills she learned to transform her situation.
La had worked for seven years as a medical biller when, due to unforeseen circumstances, she lost her job and was unable to find a similar position. Taking this as an opportunity to regroup, La decided that she wanted to find a new challenge. She had always received compliments her on her cooking and people suggested she pursue a culinary career, but knowing that culinary school is costly and takes years to complete, she couldn't afford to be out of the workforce for that long.
When La discovered St. Joseph Center's 10-week Culinary Training Program she decided to forge a new career path and pursue her culinary dreams. Through CTP she learned professional skills such as kitchen safety/sanitation and knife skills, along with an array of new cooking techniques. La said that during her time with CTP she, "fed the homeless and the wealthy" by helping out in the kitchen at Bread and Roses Cafe and assisting in the preparation of gourmet meals for the Center's donors.
La completed her CTP externship at Groundworks' corporate kitchen in Venice. Upon her graduation from the program, she was hired at Groundworks and she has since been promoted to Sous Chef. She's found her niche and believes that "good food magically brings people together regardless of monetary status, race, or religious beliefs." Thanks to St. Joseph Center, La now has a stable and fulfilling career path.
We are proud of all the work St. Joseph Center does through their various programs and are honored to partner with them through continued donations of Wagyu. You can read more about our partnership here.