The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Fund was founded in 2016 and we have had 3 recipients thus far. In the 2020 program, we will be sending 3 students to New York to receive the ICC culinary education, mentorships and industry experience.
"The past ten months have been amazing. I had the opportunity to eat incredible food, visit wonderful places, and make relationships that will last a lifetime. Thinking back to when I first arrived it’s crazy to see how much I’ve changed and grown as a person. This opportunity has opened so many doors, both professionally and personally. Throughout my journey I learned not only about gastronomy, but I also learned many life lessons that helped shaped my mentality about everything."
Yan Torres, 2019
Oswaldo Rios, 2018
Oswaldo, our first recipient is now 23 years old. He’s originally from Mexico, and immigrated to the US with his family when he was 8. Oswaldo was working at Felipes in New Orleans when we first found him. He has since graduated the Professional Culinary Arts Program from the ICC in New York and worked under Chef Alex Stupak at Empellón during his time here. He just moved to Baton Rouge to work at Soji, a modern Asian restaurant, as he’s continuing to expand the cuisines he enjoys cooking.