Culinary Training and The Restaurant Edition Pilot
A Pinch of Salt: The Restaurant Edition is a culinary training pilot voluntarily executed by Chef Raquel Rivera-Pablo in order to support aspiring chefs achieve their culinary goals. The 12-week culinary course is at no cost to participating students. Each week an aspiring chef will lead their classmates and guests through the preparation of a menu item they would like to feature at their future food business.
Chef Raquel has graciously opened up this inspiring program to the public. Guests may join the class for the day for a nominal fee of $25 per person and are encouraged to participate in the preparation of the meal. Guests will enjoy earning new culinary techniques as well as provide invaluable feedback to the aspiring chef regarding the meal of the day.
The long-term goal of Chef Raquel’s pilot program is to create community networks that will support future local Bridgeport-based food business. All proceeds will be invested back into the program.
Chef Raquel developed “A Pinch of Salt: The Restaurant Edition” to offer students a deeper level of training that’s realistic and encompasses in’s and out’s of the restaurant industry.
All ingredients are locally sourced whenever possible. Chef Raquel is actively seeking donations from local farmers markets, local food businesses and community partners to help sustain programming and keep cost low.
Any money raised by guests will help cover operating cost like ingredients, equipment, marketing, and nominal fee for kitchen usage.
A special thank you goes to Freddy Tomaj, owner of Milano Wine Bar & Pizzeria for generously providing his lovely space, supporting this project, and sharing the vision for uplifting small food business and the community of Bridgeport at large. Thank you to CallowLens and Recinotes for capturing photo footage of this unique venture. And lastly, thank you, the consumer, for your support and generosity. We are thrilled to serve you and our beloved Bridgeport community.
MEET THE ASPIRING CHEFS
Derrick Wilson, Sr. was born and raised in the Bronx and has 21 years of kitchen experience. He loves to make Baked Chicken Frittata with onions, garlic and broccoli; honey, jerk, mild spicy boneless chicken wings; and deep fried pretzel chicken with sweet potato waffles. His long-term goal is to own a food truck franchise specializing in all things chicken.
Donna Stewart-Eagles was born and raised in the City of Bridgeport and she has met people from many different ethnic groups and has had the pleasure of making and sampling assorted cultural dishes. She is a former Bridgeport Police Officer and has had the pleasure in protecting and serving the community for twenty five years. She loves cooking and making comfort foods like chicken and dumplings, shrimp and grits, and chicken and waffles. She loves bringing smiles to the faces of the people who I cook for and I love to hear how they enjoy the many delicious dishes that I have prepared for them. Her long-term goal to own a food truck specializing in comfort food.
A’Kia Cuthbertson was born and raised in Bridgeport, but her family is from the South. She was a former Little Kitchen Cook at BFresh. She loves to eat lasagna, but she loves cooking macaroni and cheese. Her long-term goal is to own a food truck, diner, and night club! Who doesn’t like a good meal after partying?!
Latoya Frierson was born and raised in Norwalk CT. Her family is from the South who came up North to have a better life. The whole reason she loves to cook is for her family. She can remember her great grandparents in the kitchen cooking up big family meals.
St. V. Padilla was born in Bridgeport but raised in Puerto Rico until he was 12 years old. He was a pre-school teacher for 12 years and then wanted to pursue his career as a chef. He took the Urban Eats class with Chef Raquel to take a step in that direction. His profession now is a photographer and he runs a business with her partner called Elements Of Illusion. He is also head varsity baseball coach at Bassick High School and a proud father of a 3 year old boy. His long-term goal is to have a thriving food truck. He also wants to get confident enough as a chef to go on the Food Network and compete in Chopped or other cooking competitions.
Paula Davis was born in Bridgeport and works at the Sacred Heart University cafeteria. She loves to make desserts and she loves to eat Italian food. Her long-term goal is to own a pastry shop.
Randy Jackson was born in Norwalk but raised in Bridgeport. He previously cooked for a shelter, for a mental health center, at Captain’s Cove and the Army. He loves to eat steak and a good salad. His long-term goal is to own a food truck or a restaurant.
Chef Raquel can provide a variety of intensive culinary training courses, for more details email Raquel@apinchofsalt.com.