Cassandra Hernandez

Generously Sponsored By:
Keegan’s Caramels + Miranda Lux Foundation
Age, at time of Internship: 15
CIT Intern: Spring 2021
Restaurant Host: The Dorian
Wraparound Program: San Francisco Unified School District SFUSD
Intern’s Story: Cassandra grew up in a single-parent household with her mother who immigrated from Mexico. Her mother works long hours to provide for Cassandra and her younger siblings. To help, Cassandra spent her childhood balancing housework with school work. Her time cooking for the family sparked her interest in cooking and planted the seed that she could provide for herself and her family by cooking professionally.  At Sprouts Chef Training, Cassandra aims to develop her professional and culinary skills and secure a position as a cook in a San-Francisco-based restaurant.


To the Sprouts Community, a million times thank you for supporting my Internship! I want you to know that my Chef-in-Training internship at The Dorian made a huge impact on my life. I will never forget this experience because working at a restaurant was something I’ve always wanted to do since I was young and because the restaurant felt like a second home to me. It’s funny because when I attended Marina Middle School we all knew The Dorian as, ‘the fancy restaurant in front of the 30 bus stop’. Never would I have thought that just two years later, I’d be interning there! I had such a great time at The Dorian that I’m actually planning on returning and working there after the summer! The staff welcomed me with open arms and taught me everything I know now about running/working at a restaurant. I was especially close with Chef Lee and Silvia, two amazing people who always made sure I was doing okay and made themselves available if I ever needed help. I also learned and improved on so many important skills that I will use for the rest of my life! The new skills I learned were customer service, handling a knife, cutting and lifting techniques, washing dishes in an efficient and timely manner, taking and keeping track of orders, hosting and sitting people down, etc. The skills I improved on were teamwork, time management, and communication. All of these skills will come in handy for future job opportunities even outside of the food industry! Words cannot express the sadness I feel towards my internship ending but as Dr. Seuss once said, “Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened”. I am forever grateful for this opportunity. Thank you so, so much.