While in school at BU, I worked at a small coffee shop where I met a lovely woman by the name of Toni Elka. Toni’s office was directly above the coffee shop, so she was a regular. One day we got to chatting as we often did, and she learned I was a photographer. The second she suggested it, I jumped at the opportunity to photograph an event for her non-profit organization, Future Chefs.
From the first event everyone was so welcoming, and I quickly grew very fond of the entire organization and all who contribute their countless hours to such a great cause. I have continued to capture as many of their events as I can fit in, and I am so rewarded in doing so. It is so great to work with all the students and to watch their progress as they move through the program and graduate. Check them out, they’re a great local organization changing the lives of their many students!
Their mission: “Future Chefs prepares motivated youth for quality early employment and post secondary educational opportunities in the culinary field.” They work with 6 regional high schools to give selected students a chance of a lifetime. From the moment I met Toni she has been a mentor to me. She, along with the rest of her staff and the partnering chefs, are so inspiring – it’s only one of the many reasons I continue to help. You will see many of their events here on my blog, as well as on their blog – www.futurechefs.net. Thanks again, Future Chefs crew, for all you do for me! It has been such an incredible few years! 🙂