Kevin Sandoval
Chef-In-Training Alumni


Generously Sponsored By: Miranda Lux Foundation
Age, at time of internship: 17
CIT Intern: 2018
Restaurant Host: Waterbar
Wraparound Program: El Cerrito High School
Kevin’s Story: Kevin’s parents both immigrated from Mexico and worked incredibly hard to take care of Kevin and his three siblings. However, their family still struggled financially and Kevin had to start working at a young age to help support the family, which often interfered with his education. Before joining the CIT Program, Kevin had experience working in a fast-food kitchen but was struggling to get an opportunity to work in fine dining, something he knew he wanted to pursue. He is fascinated by farm to table cooking and learning more about different cooking methods.
Future Goals: Kevin knows he wants to be a chef! During high school, Kevin ran a small side business selling his cookies (check out his Instagram, @cocoskookies!). After graduating high school, Kevin was offered a job at his host restaurant, Waterbar, where he now works full-time. He would eventually like to work as a chef in Paris or New York! 


“I’ve always had trouble expressing my emotions until recently. I’ve always been a quiet kid and no one has ever been proud of me for anything. By [being] in this program, I can build a better future. I can make something to be proud of.”