The Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of Alameda County serves 1,000 meals a day to poor and homeless people in its dining room at the corner of San Pablo and 23rd Street in Oakland. It also runs several job training programs, including “Kitchen of Champions” for low-income people looking to enter the food services industry.
On September 30, Kitchen of Champions students had the opportunity to train with Matt Colgan, head chef at Rockridge’s À Côté French-Italian restaurant. Under Colgan’s direction, the students prepared a four-course meal for 120 guests attending a fundraising event for Saint Vincent de Paul.
In this video, we follow Serina Elliott, a Kitchen of Champions student from North Oakland’s Golden Gate neighborhood. Just four weeks into her program, Elliott aspires to one day become “a Food Network star.”