Discover the journey of our trainees!

Meet Jeffrey

Age: 45

Origin: East Palo Alto

Time at Rendezvous: Feb 2016 – March 2017

Position at Rendezvous: Apprentice Line Cook

Current Job: Cook at Google’s Bon Appétit Café

We are so proud of his journey,
and wanted to share it with you!

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How would you describe yourself?

I’m a laid-back kind of guy, carefree. I’m also punctual at what I do. I like to get things done on time! And especially, I love cooking. I really like what I do.


Where does your passion for cooking come from?

From my grandmother. I would always watch her cook when I was little.

I started by doing BBQs. They’re my favorite. I love grilling. And then I started cooking a lot. I made burgers, chicken, all kinds of stuff. My friends started buying food from me on Fridays, then on Saturdays, and in no time I was cooking for the neighborhood all week! That was maybe in 2008-2009. It all happened really fast, by word-of-mouth. I had a few long-term jobs before that. I distributed food for kids at school, and I worked in manufacturing. But then I got into trouble, so I had to stop. I would work, but I had to change jobs a lot. I worked hard to get steady. I’d spend my time cooking. I really wanted to go to school. One day I heard about the program from Imani, who used to be an apprentice line cook at Rendezvous too. Everybody told me I should do it. I applied for the program at Rendezvous and got accepted, and now I am at Bon Appétit.


What did you learn from your experience at Rendezvous?

I learned efficiency, how to do things well, and fast. I learned to be a team-player. I learned that there’s no limit to what you can do.


What is your best memory from Rendezvous?

My last day at Rendezvous. The team bought me a cake and we all had a really good time! I’ll miss the friendly environment.


How did Rendezvous impact your life?

Rendezvous, they really opened a whole other career path for me. I learned, I learned so much with Rendezvous. Rendezvous gave me the experience I needed to be where I am now. Now I’m good, now I’m where I want to be.