May Monthly Meeting:
Speaker: Brandon Chrostowski, CEO/Founder, EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute
Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. The idea for EDWINS was born “from a break” that Chrostowski received early in life and has grown into a six-month program conducted at EDWINS restaurant in Cleveland, Ohio as well as in prison. The program provides training in Culinary Arts and the Hospitality Industry. Individuals are not only equipped with basic culinary skills, but also are assisted with finding employment, have the opportunity to utilize free housing, basic medical care, clothing, job coaching, and literacy programs.
EDWINS has received three stars from the Cleveland Plain Dealer, regarded by The New York Times as “High-Stakes Haut Cuisine”, a Silver Spoon recipient for Best French Restaurant from Cleveland Magazine and called one of the best new restaurants in Cleveland by Scene magazine.
In 2016, EDWINS opened the Life Skills Center campus, a 20,000 square foot campus for living, working and playing.
In 2017, EDWINS was the subject of a short documentary titled Knife Skills. At the 90th Academy Awards, it was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject.
In 2018, Chrostowski opened Sérénité Restaurant & Culinary Institute in Medina. Their mission is to instill leadership skills in men & women recovering from drug and alcohol addiction through an education in culinary arts. In addition, EDWINS Butcher Shop was opened in Cleveland in December.
Over the course of its existence, the EDWINS program has graduated over 250 inmates, and EDWINS culinary classes are held in virtually all Ohio prisons.
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