As a child, most of Sofia Mendoza’s memories occurred in kitchens alongside her mother, where dazzling aromas from that day’s meals piqued her curiosity for the culinary world. When it was time for high school, Sofia chose to attend a school that would further nourish her curiosity for food and challenge her to take her culinary training to the next level. At Food and Finance High School, through the support and encouragement of her high school chef instructor, Sofia found C-CAP and participated in internships, job training, and networking opportunities that further enhanced her culinary pursuits.
During her senior year of high school, Sofia sharpened her knife, ironed her uniform, and entered C-CAP’s Cooking Competition for Scholarships. Her use of colorful ingredients to express herself while cooking helped her earn a full tuition scholarship to Monroe College where she earned her Bachelor’s in Hospitality Management. As Sofia progressed in her studies, her ambitions morphed beyond the kitchen door. She traded in her chef whites for a vest and tie, joining the front of the house with aspirations of becoming a restaurateur.
Presently, Sofia works as a host at The Modern in New York. When she is not busy at work, Sofia still enjoys spending time in the kitchen cooking up delicious food. She recently reconnected with her alma mater, Food and Finance High School, for their Visiting Chef Series where she and fellow C-CAP alum, Abdallah Farraj, put together a menu and demonstration focused on Mexican heritage.