chef with trainee - Careers Through Culinary ArtsBy the time Cesar Gutierrez was 16, he had already gone to jail twice, experimented with gang life, sold drugs and ran away from home.

Today, the 22-year-old works at a popular Manhattan restaurant as a sous chef and has cooked with renown chef Daniel Boulud.

He entered a contest organized by Boulud and the non-profit Careers Through Culinary Arts — and won. The prize was a prestigious scholarship to train at one of the best culinary schools in Paris.

Gutierrez was asked where he would be if he hadn’t gotten the opportunity to work as a chef?

“In jail or six feet under… If it wasn’t for cooking, I’d still be lost.”

(WATCH the video below or READ the story from TODAY)

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