Jesus Anali Vega
Generously Sponsored By: Miranda Lux Foundation
Age, at time of Internship: 24
CIT Intern: Summer 2021
Restaurant Host: Sobre Mesa
Wraparound Program: Civicorps
Intern’s Story: Jesus was born and raised in Oakland as a single child. With her father battling cancer, Jesus struggled to focus at school and by 10th grade dropped out. Not sure what to do next, Jesus decided to pursue her interest in cooking by working at fast-food restaurants. Realizing the limitation of fast food, she chose to enroll in Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training Program so that she could build the skills and confidence needed to achieve her dream of becoming an esteemed chef in her community. Upon graduation, Jesus plans to keep a side job at a restaurant while in school. After receiving her diploma, she plans to attend culinary school and one day become a respected chef at an Oakland-based restaurant.
Hello, my name is Jesus, I’m an intern at Sobre Mesa in Oakland. I would like to thank you for making one of my dreams come true. I’m really excited that I’m learning what I’ve always wanted to learn such as how to hold the knife correctly to get the perfect cut. I learned how to mince things very finely and learned new recipes and ingredients from Chef Nelson and other team members. I’m hoping to become a chef one day and open my own restaurant. One thing this internship has shown me is that everything is about passion and people love it. Chef makes his own specialty plates and all his customers love it. I want to show the world my specialties like he does. Once again thank you for everything and all the support.