Sonia Gonzalez Summer 2016 Blog
by Sonia Gonzalez, September 28, 2016
Receiving the scholarship from the Kendall College Trust has completely changed my life. I was contemplating not applying because I didn’t think that I would qualify. If I didn’t face my fears, I wouldn’t be following my dreams. I have always loved to cook and entertain. Receiving the scholarship from the Kendall Trust, gave me an opportunity to follow my dreams and do things that I always envisioned, but never thought would be possible.
One of my dreams that I was able to experience was to attend to attend the Bon Appetitt, Chicago Gourmet show. Through Kendall College, I was able to volunteer to work the event and I was grilling filets for Gibson’s Steak House. I wanted to pinch myself and couldn’t believe that Gibsons let me make their signature sliders for the event. I received several compliments on my grilling technique and how well I seasoned the filets. I credit my skills to Kendall College and thankful to The Kendall College Trust for allowing me to attend school without worrying about finances.
This event was also a great networking opportunity for me. I received two potential internships and a job offer to work events. I was also able to taste different foods and able to get cooking tips from different chefs.
I am halfway done with school and excited for the next quarter, which is filled with many culinary classes to increase my skills. I have been cooking new foods for my family and most of the foods received a thumbs up and some were an epic fail. In order to become a great cook, you need to fail sometimes, in order to perfect your recipe. I am cooking foods that I once found intimidating to make. I finally made Chicken Picatta and I am able to make my own pasta sauces.
I plan to help Kendall students apply for the opportunity to receive a scholarship from the Kendall Trust, by sharing my stories and experience. I once again would like to thank the Kendall Trust for the opportunity to follow my dream and to Kendall College for giving me the skills I need to be successful.