Adrian Aguilar
Chef Training Alumni


Generously Sponsored By: Jonas Family Fund
Age, at time of internship: 19
CT Intern: Spring 2013
Restaurant Host: The Boot and Shoe Service
Wraparound Program: MetWest High School
Adrian’s Story: Before Sprouts, Adrian had been involved in gangs, drugs, organized crime, and armed robbery. Risk and violence were part of his everyday life. But, in June of 2013, Adrian reached a breaking point. He was chased down and hit by a car, driven by two opposing gang members. That evening in the hospital, he promised to get out and start a new life for himself. He found a fresh start at Sprouts Chef Training. Adrian came to Sprouts with little restaurant experience but, after four short weeks training at The Boot and Shoe restaurant in Oakland, he started turning heads. Impressed by his desire to learn, Sprouts took to the community to fund a two-week dream trip for Adrian to Girona, Spain with a Sprouts partner chef.
After Sprouts: Adrian says his trip to Spain is one of the most influential experiences of his life. He couldn’t be more grateful for the community’s donations that make his trip possible. He lives in the Bay Area, working as a chef at a local catering company, happily married with two children.
Check out Adrian’s story on moving on from his past gang life to his new life as a chef here!


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