In the professional kitchen, you are likely to come across individuals from all walks of life. Everyone has a story. There is the former felon who found his calling while being locked up in prison. There is that annoying, inexperienced, know-it-all culinary extern that thinks he’s the next Iron Chef. There is that law school drop-out who decided that studying law was no longer of his/her interest. And cooking just seemed more exciting, so there they are. There is the aspiring restaurateur who is there to learn the ropes of the trade. There is that third or fourth generation chef that was just born into the business and knows of nothing else. Then there are the survivors who, through the kitchen, are given a chance.
Meet Efrain Ventura, a survivor that prevailed over gruesome obstacles to rise above.Listening to Efrain’s stories has inspired me to share an inside look into an example of what a survivor has endured and overcome, and the role that the kitchen has played in their survival.