About Us

SPROUTS’ STORY

In 2006 Sprouts launched in the Bay Area with the mission to empower youth to lead healthier lives by teaching them how to cook alongside real chefs at local restaurants.
After teaming up with Jamie Oliver in 2012, Sprouts created a Chef Training Program to help youth experiencing hardship achieve stability and financial autonomy through life success training and restaurant internships. Today, we operate in major US cities, from SF to NYC.
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AWARDS & ACCOLADES

2022 SF-Oakland Rising Stars Honoree

At StarChef’s San Francisco-Oakland Rising Stars Honorees Dinner, Sprouts was recognized as the official charity partner for StarChef’s 2022 San Francisco-Oakland Rising Stars program.

Awarded by StarChefs | Learn More

2022 “Hall Of Femme” Honoree (Founder Kate)

The Hall Of Femme recognizes, celebrates and uplifts women who are breaking barriers and shattering glass ceilings while supporting and elevating other women along the way.

Awarded by Une Femme Wines | Learn More
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OUR TEAM

Kate Rogers: Founder & Executive Director

Kate Rogers grew up in a big family where home-cooked meals and garden fresh produce were part of her every-day. Kate’s love for food and community drove her to launch a cooking club both in high school and again at UC Berkeley, where she organized culinary classes and events for her peers with local chefs and the mayors of Berkeley and Palo Alto. Upon graduation, she launched Culinary kids, a business that offered Bay Area youth cooking classes and family culinary immersion trips to France. The endeavor was later turned into the nonprofit she runs today, Sprouts.

After a personal family experience, Kate realized that food also had the power to generate financial and emotional stability for youth in need. In 2012, she worked with Alice Waters and Jamie Oliver to develop culinary job training programs for Bay Area youth experiencing hardship. Youth are placed at restaurants and commercial kitchens to learn everything they need to land a culinary job. Today, Kate’s full time focus is growing the culinary training program to additional cities.

She lives between the San Francisco Bay Area and her adopted home in Paris, France.

Bobby Pennington
Donor Coordinator
Payton-luv Stine
Social Media & Communications
Hannah Rubino
Chef Training Director
Kari Cooper
Development Director
Camryn Hellwarth
Associate Executive Director
Marissa Doiron
Human Resources
Devika Nair
Accountant
Kaitlyn Kuehn
Chef Training Coordinator
Daniela Hernandez
Office Assistant
Kathy Dao
Donor Coordinator
Bobby Pennington
Donor Coordinator
Kim Thompson Steel
Photography & Social Media
Mauren Fitzsimmons
Website Consultant
Melissa Cook
Event Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS & ADVISORS

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SPONSORS & PARTNERS

CORPORATE SPONSORS

IN-KIND SPONSORS

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:

Whole Foods

Sponsoring Trainee Chris Hey

Dodge & Cox

Sponsoring Trainee Jaylen James

Miranda Lux Foundation

Sponsoring Trainee Maya Roberts

Keegan’s Caramels

Sponsoring Trainee Maya Roberts

City Youth Now

Sponsoring Trainee Arthur Boireau

PostMates

Sponsoring Trainee Saul Juaragui

RESTAURANT PARTNERS

CHEF PARTNERS

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MEDIA

SPROUTS IN THE NEWS

Chef Trainee Story on KPIX

Sprouts Makes Liam’s List

Sprouts on NBC

VIDEOS

Chef Training Program Overview

Meet Sprouts’ Founder

Sprouts Chef Training: Sprouts’ Story

PHOTO ALBUMS

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Sprouts Partners With Stanford on Stanford Report

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Sprouts Alum and Chef Roland Passot on NBC

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Sprouts on KPIX CBS SF

Sprouts Chef Trainee Guillermo and Mentor Chef Seth Stowaway Inspire on KPIX CBS San Francisco Our latest inspiring story comes from…

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