“To make something beautiful, like a cake, to take pride in what you have created, and then to be able to share that with the world is truly amazing and exciting. That is why I want to pursue a career in baking and pastry: to live a life of excitement and to bring people together.”
Brian Orozco, class of 2016
Los Angeles, CA
As soon as Brian Orozco could reach the stove, he began helping his mother cook, and even though ingredients were sometimes sparse, his passion for culinary and baking never was. He’s come a long way from the step stool next to the stove, and since beginning high school, Brian has grown and matured exponentially through the opportunities provided to him by C-CAP.
After mastering the culinary and job readiness skills emphasized in C-CAP’s Job Training Program, Brian set off to intern in the Pastry Department at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills. His passion and dedication did not go unnoticed, and at the end of the summer he was asked to remain on as a part-time employee as he attended The Art Institute of Hollywood on a full-tuition C-CAP scholarship to study Baking & Pastry.
“In C-CAP’s Job Training Program we learn skills and techniques that would apply to our real jobs, and lessons that we will never forget and carry with us from job to job. C-CAP gave us experience so that we would feel more comfortable when put into a strange and stressful environment.”
As his knowledge and skills within the pastry realm have blossomed, Brian continues to give back to the next generation of C-CAP students, often returning to his high school culinary program to demonstrate the newest pastry techniques for students and to grow in his own right as a leader and mentor.