Our Team

  • Cassandra Hernandez

    Cassandra Hernandez
    Current Chef-In-Training Intern

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    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.  Through the Chef-In-Training Internship, Cassandra aims to develop her professional and culinary skills and secure a position as a cook in a SF-based restaurant.

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  • Kate RogersExecutive Director

    Favorite Foods: I love fresh fruits and vegetables. Pickled, sautéed, boiled, chopped, raw, cooked – there is no form that I don’t enjoy. And anything with a Moroccan twist!

  • Ben Conniff
  • Ciara Sidell
  • Christopher Zabita
  • Melanie Moss
  • Carmen Quagliata
  • Jada Martin

    Jada Martin
    Current Chef-In-Training Intern

    Jada Martin

    Generously Sponsored By: Sprouts Farmers Markets
    Age, at time of Internship: 16
    CIT Intern: Spring 2020
    Restaurant Host: Funky Elephant
    Story: Raised by her parents in Oakland, Jada has enjoyed cooking and baking at home. These activities soon developed into a passion, and she began to help out at her aunt’s food service. Interested in more opportunities than her neighborhood could offer, Jada applied to the Chef-In-Training program. Today, Jada is exploring cooking as a professional chef as an intern at Funky Elephant, a Thai restaurant in Berkeley, under the mentorship of chef/owner Supasit, more casually known as chef “O.” 

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  • Tanyela Hill

    Tanyela Hill
    Current Chef-In-Training Intern

    Generously Sponsored By: Castlemont High School + Imperfect Produce
    Age, at time of Internship: 16
    CIT Intern: Spring 2020
    Restaurant Host: Comal
    Story: Tanyela certainly has incredible initiative when it comes to the culinary arts!  Tanyela was raised by her grandmother, who taught her how to cook. Tanyela continues to get inspiration for cooking different meals by watching Youtube videos. When she began high school, Tanyela enrolled herself in a cooking class at school, where she solidified her dream of becoming a chef and opening her own restaurant. After Sprouts’ Chef-In-Training at Comal restaurant, Tanyela wants to enroll in business and culinary programs in trade school to formalize her culinary education. We are so excited to see what doors this internship opens for Tanyela!

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  • Tyrell Lane

    Tyrell Lane
    Current Chef-In-Training Intern

    Tyrell Lane

    Generously Sponsored By: Macy’s and Wells Fargo
    Age, at time of Internship: 18
    CIT Intern: Spring 2020
    Restaurant Host: alaMar Kitchen & Bar
    Wraparound Program: Beyond Emancipation
    Story: Growing up in Oakland among foster parents, the streets, and his own family, Tyrell did not have an easy childhood. Today he is living on his own, and supporting himself as he attends Sprouts’ Chef-in-Training program and Merritt Community College.  Tyrell has always enjoyed cooking, especially for its ability to bring joy to others. Tyrell formerly worked at In-N-Out burger, and dreams of opening his own restaurant one day. He plans to learn a lot from his chef mentor Nelson German at alaMar Kitchen & Bar about what it takes to reach this goal. 

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