I'm always excited to hear about chefs helping their communities. World famous chef Alain Ducasse is helping North African women in Paris take a professional cooking course with the promise of a job in one of his restaurants after graduation. In his New York Times article "A Door Into Top Kitchens for French North Africans," Steven Erlanger tells the stories of these budding North African cooks. Dividing their time between work and school, the women have an opportunity to learn more about French cuisine. Although they are passionate about cooking, the women mainly know about North African culinary traditions. These women, who live in a poor suburb of Paris, have a chance to work their way to the top of the culinary world.
I admire Alain Ducasse for his devotion to helping others, and these women for their hard work and dedication. Read the full article here.