The Star has a nice article on Ekron Hamilton, a local man who is a competitive chef and mentor:
At 30 years old, Ekron Hamilton manages the kitchen at Weston King Neighbourhood Centre, preparing meals for the area’s most vulnerable residents.
But leadership hasn’t always come naturally to him.
“I was really shy, I wasn’t talking to people and didn’t want to participate in anything,” he said, adding that in his late 20s he was underemployed and dependent on Ontario Works.
A year after graduating from the Kitchen Masters culinary training program offered at the Mount Dennis Neighbourhood Centre (MDNC), he is a leader who takes pride in his work and the financial independence it allows him. So when the CEE (Careers Education and Empowerment) Centre for Young Black Professionals, the organization that co-facilitates Kitchen Masters, called to ask him for a favour, he obliged wholeheartedly.