“I made a promise to myself.” Kristen has tried to pursue many career choices – nails, hair, lashes – but cooking is the only one that stuck. “Cooking is my thing, I’m dedicated to it,” she says. She grew up watching her mom and grandmother in the kitchen cooking for their families, and at 20 when she became a mother, she knew it was time to cook for hers. She originally enrolled in Class 73 at the beginning of 2023, but lack of childcare prevented her from completing the class. With her daughter starting preschool in August and Class 75 starting in September, she knew it was the perfect time to try again. “I made a promise to myself to go back to culinary school when she started school. I want to be the best mom I can be.” Kristen says that her daughter is autistic and that it’s important to her to let her daughter know she is loved and cared for in every way. After graduation, Kristen wants to open a catering business that would allow her to provide for her daughter while being able to continue to expand her culinary skills. “I came to CCSC for a culinary experience and because it works with my schedule.” Here’s to taking the next step, Kristen!