Saturday, March 8, 2014

Primed & Prepped In Action!


 P&P hosted dinner for potential new P&P students. On the menu was Seafood Fettuccine,Tossed Green Salad and French Bread

.Chef Berlin asked the young men to explain what they've learned in the program. 
Take a listen!

Seafood Pasta with veggies...Yummy!
There was plenty of food, laughter and conversation about the advantages of becoming a participant to the program!
We were grateful that Chef Bairam, Kitchen Supervisor at Zynga stopped by to say hello and help out a bit in the kitchen.


 Primed & Prepped participated in Black Cuisine's 34th Annual Event. Chef Berlin and Rev. Marvin Hall, Black Cuisine Coordinator, had the young men assist with cleaning and seasoning the ribs at the Bayview Hunters Point Multipurpose Senior Center. Chef Xavier Loggins, Senior Nutrition Program  and Chef Marque Howard lead the young men in an educational, fun filled training.  Chef Berlin had the young men prepare Jerk Chicken, Vegetable Soup, Dirty Rice and a Bell Pepper Vegetable dish for the event. It was a great experience for Primed & Prepped and we look forward to next year!

Team Work!

Chef Xavier explaining how to carry a box of Ribs

Prepping the Ribs for Seasoning!
Chef Berlin's favorite line..."Hey guys. listen up"
Chef Xaiver and Marvin Hall keeping a watchful eye on the young men
Focused on the task at hand!
Chef Marque striking a pose along with Chef DJana, Chef Xavier and P&P!


Kathleen Leo, President of the Hospitality Management Association (HMA), University of San Francisco, invited Primed & Prepped to their Annual Fashion Show. The Fashion Show educates USF's students on how to dress professionally. The program started with a business panel of industry professionals that talked about networking and job searching tips followed by the Fashion Show which highlighted the differences between Business Professional and Business Casual.

The students were patiently awaiting the Fashion Show presentation
Runway model showcasing a Business Professional look!

P&P students posing with Bron Austin Deal, Founder/CEO of The Image: Dress for Success Runway Show

(left) Dr. David Jones, USF Professor and Department Chair, Hospitality Management. Dr. Jones planted the seed for the P&P program and is very committed to being a part of it. Event Keynote Speaker, Los Ellis, author of "The Hidden Keys to Life and Business Success" spoke on Creating Your Personal Brand.  The students were captivated by Ellis who told them they could be whatever they put their minds to.


 We are seeking interested young men 15-19 years of age to participate in this exciting new program . When you send us a referral that becomes a student you will be invited to have dinner prepared by Primed & Prepped!

For more information please contact Kelly Armstrong at the Bayview YMCA (415) 822-7728 or email



  1. Great job P & P... Karen, wishing you and the program continue success.

  2. This is a great group of young professionals. I was amazed and impressed with the level of maturity and drive of everyone I met at USF in February of 2014. I look forward to seeing you all again soon.

    Los Ellis