A video of me
How did I start this without sounding too needy and not make this story like a typical lifetime movie scene? Well I’m gonna start by introducing myself. My name is Raul García and Im a recent grad from Le Cordon Bleu. Food is my life. Food is the reason I wake up to every morning because I always surprise myself when I cook, it’s my therapy to say the least and I got the inspiration from my beautiful and amazing grandmother who lives in Mexico. I’ve been blessed to have the opportunity to attend due to the fact that I’m a veteran from the U.S Army and we get the bestI survived two tours in Afghanistan which didn’t even think I’d be back alive from the second one. Won’t get into details But I’m 70% disabled and even though I suffer the most from PTSD, TBI and Severe Anxiety, I haven’t allowed that to crush my dreams. Its hard to wake up in the morning when you have insomnia all night but continuing to go to school graduate with a 4.0 and being accepted to attend a Michelin star restaurant in Spain for my externhio has made me feel like I can accomplish everything, even through panic attacks I do have the best family in the world who are proud of what I’ve done in life and my little siblings who look up to me as their idol but we just don’t have the means to continue my journey which is why you’re here to find out on. I want to continue to make my siblings be proud of me and have them see me have success because they’ll grow up wanting their own dream come true instead of thinking the impossible.
My dream is to be able to travel and explore the cuisine of Peru, India, Oaxaca (Mexico) and Thailand’s and one day open a Catering Company. Me wanting to travel to these countries will be to allow me explore local ingredients and experience the rustic side of how beautiful food is and how the gastronomic world is in certain parts of the world and take that to serve the best food I can give my customers in the future. Not necessarily to go and have fun even though researching what I love is fun for me . Those four countries I mentioned have the best cuisine in my opinion and the most interesting so I know that by traveling there and learning new recipes and ingredients will make my chef’s dream come true . A caterIng company that not just caters to Chinese, Mexican or Italian customers or solely just one but at a worldwide scale. I want a Worldwide cuisine catering company in San Diego because it’s a mix of cultures and we don’t care if you’re a certain race or how bad your accent is. Its a town free of descrimination and I live for that.
Im struggling financially. After going to Afghanistan twice and Spain and part of taking student loans even though I had 80% of gi bill well I’m in a hole
I hope my dreams come true and gives me the opportunity to learn more about the culinary world and not just rely on education benefits which I already used up completely. Want to prove myself that a disability or a mental issue can’t help you from becoming great but it can help you become stronger to stop negativity and giving yourself permission to free and open your mind to opportunities.
Thank you guys.