Bryanna Eartman, graduate of Class 2 has a redesigned her life through kitchens and cooking. Here she tells her story:
“I have struggled with addiction for most of my life. My story was a revolving door of jails, institutions, and the streets from an early age. While at a re-entry treatment center after prison I learned about Kitchens for Good. I jumped at the opportunity to further my skills in the culinary industry. Kitchens for Good taught me so much in the kitchen and drastically improved my culinary knowledge and skills. I took the most from the workforce readiness classes. Having never had a job before, it was so helpful to learn about how to get the job and keep it.
Within a week of graduating Kitchens for Good, I landed my first job at Bunz Gourmet Burgers & Shakes. I currently work for Jeff Rossman, a Chef nominated for San Diego’s 2016 Chef of the year. He has become one of my biggest supporters and mentors.
In the last year I have earned 2 promotions and raises. I am now the full- time lead/supervisor line cook for the night shift. I owe it all to Kitchens for Good.
They helped me take my self defeating thoughts of “you are a felon and no one will hire you” and replace them with “you are worthy of a career”. On my graduation day, my quote said “Redesigning my life through Kitchens for Good. Trading in addiction and jails, for passion and success. Never give up!!”. While this still holds true, my new message is, “Let your dreams be bigger than your fears, anything is possible”.