Culinary New Beginnings

[STEVE DESHAZO]: THE FOOD AND HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY IS THE CORNERSTONE OF THE CITY OF DALLAS.

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HERE IN DOWNTOWN AROUND THE SCHOOL THERE ARE HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, THE WEST END. THIS CREATES A FLASHPOINT OF CULINARY CULTURE AND EL CENTRO COLLEGE IS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF IT.

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[LEAH ROBERTS]: I LOVE THIS SCHOOL, TO BE HONEST. THIS IS THE BEST CLASS I'VE EVER BEEN IN. EVERYONE'S HERE TO FEEL SOME PASSION WITHIN THE CULINARY FIELD. EVERYBODY'S JUST A BIG FAMILY AND IT'S PERFECT. YOU COULDN'T ASK FOR A BETTER CULINARY PROGRAM.

[SAMUEL GUZMAN]: IT'S...IT'S REALLY NICE TO KNOW THAT I CAN MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY WITH FOOD AND WHAT'S BETTER THAN MAKING PEOPLE HAPPY?

[STEVE DESHAZO]: BECAUSE OF OUR LONG HISTORY IN THE DALLAS COMMUNITY AND THE FACT THAT OUR ALUMNI ARE FOUND SPRINKLED THROUGHOUT THE NORTH TEXAS RESTAURANT AND HOTEL INDUSTRY, PEOPLE ALWAYS COME TO EL CENTRO COLLEGE WHEN THEY'RE LOOKING FOR QUALIFIED PROFESSIONALS.

[VIJAY SADHU IN KITCHEN]: THIS FISH...

[CRYSTAL MORRILL]: BEFORE CULINARY MY LIFE WAS YOU KNOW, PRETTY BORING. BUT I WAS TALKING ONE DAY AT WORK WITH A COWORKER ABOUT OUR PASSIONS AND OUR DREAMS AND HE TOLD ME ABOUT EL CENTRO'S CULINARY PROGRAM AND I DIDN'T EVEN KNOW A COMMUNITY COLLEGE OFFERED THE CULINARY PROGRAM. SO, YOU KNOW, I GOT ONLINE, I RESEARCHED IT. I THOUGHT, I COULD MAKE THIS WORK.

[VIJAY SADHU IN KITCHEN]: PRESS IT, LIKE THIS.

[CRYSTAL MORRILL]: THE APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM IS BASICALLY WORK STUDY. IT'S FULL TIME SCHOOL, FULL TIME WORK. IT'S NOT FOR THE FAINT HEARTED AT ALL. IT'S HARD WORK.

[DEAN FEARING]: I THINK IT'S AN EXCITING TIME TO BE IN THE CULINARY SCHOOL, TO KNOW THAT YOU'RE GONNA HAVE A JOB WHEN YOU GET OUT BECAUSE THERE ARE SO MANY RESTAURANTS AND SO MANY OPPORTUNITIES IN THE HOSPITALITY BUSINESS. IT'S AMAZING.

[MICHAELA LAY]: EL CENTRO HAS GIVEN ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO GROW AND EL CENTRO HAS GIVEN ME A GREAT BASE TO BE ABLE TO LEARN IN THIS KIND OF ENVIRONMENT. IT'S A GROWTH OPPORTUNITY LIKE NO OTHER.

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[HAYDEN HAGMANN]: JUST KIND OF LEARNING THAT I COULD MAKE THIS A CAREER AND I COULD DO WHAT I LOVE FOR YEARS TO COME, WITHOUT A DOUBT I'M EXCITED FOR THE FUTURE.

[CHASTITY ALEXANDER]: IT COMPLETELY TURNED MY WHOLE LIFE AROUND, I'M NO LONGER WHERE I WAS. THERE'S JUST BEEN SO MANY BLESSINGS IN THIS INDUSTRY THAT TO PROVE TO ME THAT THIS IS WHERE I BELONG. YEAH. 

[CRYSTAL MORRILL]: I FEEL LIKE GOOD THINGS ARE IN STORE FOR ME. I AM EXCITED ABOUT THIS CAREER. I'VE ALREADY COME SO FAR IN JUST A YEAR AND A HALF THAT I'VE BEEN IN IT, SO I'M SUPER EXCITED. GOOD THINGS ARE IN STORE.

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[MICHAELA LAY]: I AM SO GRATEFUL THAT I BECAME A PART OF THIS PROGRAM.

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