“The happiness I get whenever I am in the pastry kitchen does not compare to much else in life. This feeling of excitement and enthusiasm continuously confirms to me that pastry is the right career path for me.”
Alejandra Blancarte, class of 2016
At a young age, Alejandra Blancarte’s baking ambitions started off small, creating cakes for family celebrations and holidays, but as she grew older, she challenged herself to more complicated designs, more flavors, more layers, and she herself grew as a baker.
“Being in the C-CAP job training program puts you more at ease going through the process of getting a job because you are learning from people who are in our industry; they have more knowledge on what chefs are looking for when they are hiring.”
When Alejandra reached high school, her baking and pastry talent was able to blossom when she was introduced to C-CAP through her high school’s culinary program. After completing the rigors of C-CAP’s Job Training Program, she had acquired the job readiness skills to do a six-month internship at Chef Rick Bayless’ Frontera Grill. She recounts of her experience, “Working in the pastry side for the restaurant was an amazing experience. I learned so much about my field as well as about the restaurant business.”
Now studying Baking and Pastry at The Culinary Institute of America on a full-tuition scholarship from C-CAP, Alejandro has her sites set on working with master cake artist, Chef Ron Ben-Israel, and one day owning her own bakery.