Hurricane Katrina Survivor Cooks Up a New Life As Kitchen Academy Graduate

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New Orleans native prepares for career in the culinary industry.

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Kitchen Academy also helped me through the enrollment and financial aid process. They really cared about me and treated me like a friend or family would.

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A survivor of Hurricane Katrina, Leon Miller incurred the financial and emotional hardships of many victims living in New Orleans. As the one year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches and New Orleans continues to rebuild, Leon is rebuilding his life as well.

With the help of individuals and various charitable organizations, Leon was able to move his family to California. Having had prior kitchen experience, Leon decided to pursue his dream of a culinary career, with professional training, once he landed in the Los Angeles area. It was at this point Leon approached Kitchen Academy to learn more about its 30 week professional culinary arts training program.

“Kitchen Academy’s program was valuable to me because of its in-kitchen training from day one,” Leon said. “Kitchen Academy also helped me through the enrollment and financial aid process. They really cared about me and treated me like a friend or family would.” Leon was able to fund his education with loans and a scholarship from Kitchen Academy. With Kitchen Academy’s Accelerated Training System™, Leon started class in January of 2006 and graduated with his Professional Culinary Arts Diploma in August.

“We’re so excited for Leon. He was a great addition to our program and we’re glad we could help him gain the training that would help him succeed in today’s professional kitchens” said Christopher Becker, Kitchen Academy founder.

Leon is currently finishing his program externship in New Orleans and looks forward to pursuing a career in the hospitality industry working in an exciting position at a major hotel.

About Kitchen Academy

Kitchen Academy is a new culinary arts training program where students concentrate solely on hands-on cooking and baking skills in well-equipped, custom workstations and kitchens. The program has been designed by chefs and has been developed to allow students to earn their Professional Culinary Arts Diploma in as little as 30 instructional weeks. The program is uniquely positioned to provide fast-track, real world training.

Upon completion of the program, the graduate should be qualified to work in an entry-level position in the culinary or hospitality industries. Today, the food industry is a $476 billion industry and is the largest employer next to the government, employing 12.2 million and growing, according to the National Restaurant Association’s 2005 Restaurant Industry Forecast.

Kitchen Academy is located at 6370 West Sunset Blvd, Hollywood California at the corner of Ivar and Sunset. Kitchen Academy is accredited by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS). Classes are offered in the morning at 6 a.m., an afternoon class at 12 p.m. and an evening session at 6 p.m. More information can be found at or by calling 1-866-548-2223.


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