Adrian Aguilar
Chef-In-Training Alumni


Generously Sponsored By: Jonas Family Fund
Age, at time of internship: 19
CIT Intern: Spring 2013
Restaurant Host: The Boot and Shoe Service
Wraparound Program: MetWest High School
Adrian’s Story: Before Sprouts, he had been involved in gangs, drugs, organized crime, and armed robbery. Risk and violence was a part of his everyday life but, in June of 2013, it 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 himself to get out and start a new life for himself. He came to Sprouts with little restaurant experience but after 4 weeks of training at The Boot and Shoe restaurant in Oakland, he was already turning heads. Impressed by his desire to learn, we reached out to the community to raise funds for him to train for two weeks in Girona, Spain alongside a Sprouts partner chef.
After Sprouts: Adrian refers to his trip to Spain as one of the most influential experiences of his life. He couldn’t be more grateful for the community’s donations to make his trip possible. He lives in the Bay Area, working as a chef at a local catering company and 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!


“Cooking is limited by your imagination.”