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Con-GRAD-ulations Class of 2022!

We're super proud to report that our Class of 2022 Aarón Sánchez Scholarship recipients are officially graduates with their culinary arts diplomas.

Jasmine Martinez with her ICE diploma

Con-GRAD-ulations to these amazing young people -- Aimy Sato, Alan Verdugo, Hugo Lara, Jasmine Martinez, and Michael Facio -- for achieving a very personal goal of receiving formal culinary arts training. They've each shared their professional goals with us, both short and long term, and will continue to receive ongoing mentorship as alums of the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship program.

Exciting things are happening in the lives of these young people:

  • Aimy is continuing to cook in the New York City kitchen at Le Pavillion by Chef Daniel Boulud, who recently received their first Michelin star.

  • Alan has relocated to his home state of Arizona to continue gaining restaurant experience while also being closer to family. He is working at The Blue Crab Restaurante and learning about the very diverse types of seafood and their preparations.

  • Hugo is continuing his training in Mexico to head to France with a team for a cooking competition. How exciting!

  • Jasmine is setting down roots in New York City as she continues to climb the ladder in the kitchen at JoJo by Jean-Georges.

  • Michael will be transitioning from cooking at the renowned at Cut by Wolfgang Puck to heading back down south to continue gaining kitchen experience and be closer to his family, especially his new baby boy Michael Jr.!

While we celebrate our most recent graduates, we are also preparing to announce the incoming Class of 2023 scholarship recipients before the end of this year, who will be attending the Institute of Culinary Education in New York City. This program's goal is to empower Latin youth through culinary education, mentorship and industry experience in an effort to diversify kitchen leadership for future generations.

Together, we're changing the lives of Latino youth! If you're inspired by these stories, please consider becoming a supporter of the Aarón Sánchez Impact Fund and make a donation today.

Hugo Lara with his Le Cordon Bleu - Mexico City diploma

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