Our Team

  • Karen (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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  • Saul Jauregui

    Saul Jauregui
    Current Chef-In-Training Intern

    Saul Jauregui

    Generously Sponsored By: Postmates + MYEEP
    Age, at time of Internship: 15
    CIT Intern: Spring 2020
    <strong”>Restaurant Host: Sons & Daughters
    Wraparound Program: Mayor’s Youth Employment and Education Program (MYEEP)
    Story: Saul lives in San Francisco with his parents, who immigrated from Mexico and now work hard to support the family. Saul showed leadership in the kitchen from an early age as he helped prepare meals for his younger siblings and himself while his parents worked long hours. Although Saul has felt limited by the lack of kitchen tools he has at home, his passion for food grew over the years. True to his Mexican roots, he particularly enjoyed making enchiladas. He’s thrilled to be enrolled in Sprouts’ Chef-in-Training program at the Michelin-starred restaurant Sons & Daughters. He is excited to see what job pathways this internship will open for him, and the team at Sprouts is thrilled to watch him grow. 

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