Thursday, September 11, 2014


We decided to back track a bit to share some incredible experiences that happened before Primed & Prepped graduated.


We had a visit from Tannis Reinhertz, CCSF Department Chair of Culinary Arts and Hospitality Studies during our career awareness session. Her visit exasperated the competitiveness of these two students so they challenged one another to an Iron Chef Competition.  The Big Face Off!
Red Team
Blue Team

Teams were set and posters created to reflect each team! The Red Team and The Blue Team. 
The room was being prepared for the competition. Kevin and John made sure everything was in place and ready to go!

Primed & Prepped students sit in our conference room along
Chef Berlin consulting with Blue Team while one of the judges, Briam  Jacobsohn looks on
with the judges before the competition begins
The Blue Team
The Red Team
Meet the Judges!
Left-Gina Former, California State Director for The Trust for Public Land, Georgette Nelson, Inside Sales Representative for Green Leaf Produce, Ron Ng, Chef Instructor for City College of San Francisco Culinary Program, Bairam Jacobshon, Kitchen Supervisor of Zynga,

The Red Teams dish-Chicken stuffed with shrimp and greens along
with a Thai basil fruit salad
The Blue Team's dish- Salmon over jasmine rice with a veggie salad

After sampling both dishes ,the judges had the hard task of selecting a winner
Chef Berlin sharing words of encourage to both teams before the winner was announced!
The Red Team were the winners!
A BIG thank you to the Judges, YMCA Staff and Kudos to all P&P students! 

The Inter Continental's Ultimate Clash-Five Hotels, Five Student Chefs. 

The student chefs where from InterContinental Hotel's in Buckhead Atlanta, Chicago Magnificent Mile, New York Times Square, San Juan Puerto Rico and San Francisco. It was a real honor for P&P students to be invited to this competition immediately following theirs. It gave them the opportunity to see it done on a completely different level. The ice sculptor in the photo was breath taking in person! 
Before the contest began, Peter Koehler, InterContinental General Manager, acknowledged the winners of P&P Iron Chef Competition.         
Chef Berlin made it a point to work around each Chef's station with P&P to give details about the food they were sampling to help them make educated decisions while they were voting for the winning Chef.
The food was fantastic and P&P were the special guests with all eyes on them!
Casey Neuburger, Director of Human Resources (with tie), is a huge P&P supporter!
The $5k winner is Victor Bonano Ortiz, student chef from Puerto Rico
P&P students all voted for Chef Ortiz so they were thrilled when he won!
The other student chefs take a well deserved bow!
As the evening winded down, P&P were presented with gift from the InterContinental! They were thrilled because each box had their names on it which impressed touched the young men deeply!
P&P thanks the InterContinental for such an educational and fun learning experience!

 We are seeking interested young men of color 15-19 years of age to participate in this exciting new program .

Primed & Prepped Program begins September 30- November 20, 2014
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and some Saturdays
Class size is limited so hurry!

For more information about Primed & Prepped  contact Kelly Armstrong at the Bayview YMCA (415) 822-7728 or email



















Sunday, June 29, 2014






 Faz Restaurants & Catering
 InterContinental Hotel
 Lori's Diner
Hotel Council
Hilton Hotel
 Fairmont Hotel
Westin Hotel
Lillith Group
Local 2
Green Leaf Produce
Torino Market
Senator Mark Leno
Casey Neuburger
Man Kim
Emanuel Brueh
Georgette Nelson
Nicholas Jimenez
Michelle Bouvia
Hunia Bradley
Michael Kirtman
Audrey Perott
Gina Fromer
Toni Brock
Judy Lepe
Dr. David Jones
Rashiada Nirobe
Lionel Armstrong


Mack Daddy and Michael Jackson.

Mr. Saturday Night Live/Dance Fever being acknowledged!
Jody Foster, Freaky Friday and Soul Brother #1.
70's Diva and the Price Is Right Contestant.

Foxy Brown and Mack Daddy.


Neal Hatten, Associate Director Bayview YMCA introduced Gina Fromer, former Executive Director of Bayview YMCA to present certificates to graduating P&P students.
Gina Fromer, now California State Director-The Trust for Public Land presented certificates of achievement from Senator Mark Leno's office. (Man Kim, Lori's Diner and Judy Lepe, P&P Volunteer were not available to receive their award).

Rickey will be entering High School in the Fall and wants to be a Chef.

Khristian graduated High School entering Skyline College in the Fall pursuing a career in Football.
Adrian will be entering 11th grade and is interested in Business

Tristen is entering 12th grade and exploring varies career options
Faz received a certificate for his contribution and dedication to P&P
Our Price Is Right guy Casey Neuburger, InterContinental, also received a certificate for his continued support and contributions!

  More Achievement Certificates for P&P

Chef Berlin and Kelly  awarded certificates of achievement to P&P for completing over 80-hours of training in personal development and culinary arts.Their training included some of the following: Etiquette and manners, job readiness, financial literacy, leadership, operating equipment and tools in an industrial kitchen, basic knife skills, recipe food costing, menu creation and development and much more. All students received the ServSafe Food Handler Certificate ( Two of the graduating students were not present)

Winner of P&P Iron Chef Competition and will intern this summer in the kitchen at the InterContinental Hotel
Tristen was a great P&P Team Leader and will intern in the kitchen at the Fairmont Hotel
Khristen is enrolled in summer school at Skyline College
Adrian  is interested in business and will intern in the Human Resource Department at the InterContinental Hotel

 Georgette Nelson, Green Leaf Produce, was acknowledged for her continued support and dedication.

 A BIG THANKS to Casey and the InterContinental for placing P&P in all the internship positions, purchasing each graduate a set of knifes so they can be prepared for the first day of work in the kitchen and so much more!

Let The Good Times Roll

Enjoy the Photos!

"Raise your hands in the air wave them like you just don't care and somebody scream"

Kelly sharing words of wisdom to P&P  as Chef Berlin looks on

Sara Franco, Program Leader, and Chef Berlin ready to assist with handing out certificates
Faz and his daughter
Rickey getting a big hug from Terry Ryan, Bayview Foundation and Gina shares a big smile
Nicholas Jimenez, Faz's Marketing Director, along with Faz's daugther, did a great job creating and hanging posters for the event that reflected the 1970 era.
Thanks Nicholas!
Chef passing out P&P their chef jackets and letting them know how proud he is of them

All eyes on P&P students as they receive their awards

Djana and Casey watching Gina give the awards from Senator Mark Leno's office. Michael Jackson is quietly watching in the back ground

Our Price as Right Contestant ...
"Casey, Come on down"

Looks like Chef Berlin is doing an inspection on the young men one last time

The New Mod Squad
Tonie Brock, giving Mr. Rickey a big congratulation hug. Tonie, thanks for taking all of these photos, nice job!
P&P I'm so proud of each and every one of you. You too Faz!

Faz thanks again for all that you do!

Congratulations Primed & Prepped!

For more information about Primed & Prepped  contact Kelly Armstrong at the Bayview YMCA (415) 822-7728 or email