‘Kitchens For Good’ gives those in need a second-chance with culinary careers
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – From a prison cell to a four star restaurant. From helpless and homeless to top of the world. Sounds like a fantasy, but it’s not. It’s a second chance program in San Diego called “Kitchens for Good.” I was going down the wrong path, living a life of crime living a dangerous lifestyle. Four months ago I was sitting in a cold prison cell. Today, I’m a chef”, says Tee Smith.
During a graduation ceremony Friday at the Jacob Center, Tee Smith and about 20-others finished their culinary training and left their old world behind. “This is the first time I’ve been sober. I was depressed, living on the streets, doing drugs, alcohol, anything that would take the pain away”, says Ricky Barrero.” Now I’m a chef at the Rancho Bernardo Winery in the north county.”
It’s a long road from rock bottom to professional chef. But it’s a road that’s been paved, for those who can handle it. “Kitchens for Good” has transformed the lives of hundreds of people, one at a time.