French-trained chef Brandon Chrostowski came to Cleveland in 2008 as general manager for L’Albatros in University Circle, but five years later he struck out on his own to follow his passion: training formerly incarcerated people for jobs in the restaurant industry.
Since opening three years ago, Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute at Shaker Square has graduated 114 people from its six-month program. Most have been placed in jobs within 30 days, and 90% of them have retained these jobs. Edwins’ graduates also have a 0% recidivism rate (the rate in Cuyahoga County is 26.5%).
Chrostowski, who was recently named a recipient of the 2016 CNN Heroes Award, said helping ex-offenders find jobs is a modern-day extension of the Civil Rights Movement.
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