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Patina's kitchen apprenticeship is back this fall

October 6, 2011 |  8:30 am

Patina Chefs Apprentice Cycle 1 600

Patina chef Tony Esnault, in collaboration with A Place Called Home and Santee Education Complex High School, has started a program in which he invites two students into the kitchen for a 13-week apprenticeship. The program, which is in its second cycle, aims to give students a better understanding of working in a professional kitchen -- in this case, a four-star kitchen -- as well as to provide fundamental career development skills.

The first group of students were Danny Rodriguez (above, second from left) and Patricia Ochoa (third from right), both of whom were offered jobs by the Patina group on graduation. [UPDATED: An earlier version of this story said they worked for Patina group.] The second group, just selected, are Alma Pastor and Cristhina Perez.

In addition to the experience, participants are given the opportunity at the end of the program to interview for a position with the Patina Restaurant Group (PRG) at one of their 60 kitchens in New York and California.


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Photo: Tarabu Betserai Kirkland (director of programs at A Place Called Home), left; Danny Rodriguez; Patina Executive Chef Tony Esnault; Patricia Ochoa; Young Choi (college and career coordinator Santee Education Complex); Skylar Nelson (nutrition supervisor at A Place Called Home). Credit: Lauren Noble