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Episode 18

Thriving and Surviving

As far as providing second chances go for individuals re-entering society, Chef Brandon Chrostowski is a game-changer. Brandon shares his personal journey that led him to establish the Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute that graduates nearly 100 students a year between its prison program and restaurant institute and boasts a 97% employment rate after graduation.

To learn more about how you can support Edwins, visit 

*This episode contains some explicit language.


Be sure to follow Chef Rich and Justin on Twitter at @ChefRrupp and @jupehr.

Episode Notes

0:55 – A Second Chance

12:40 – Chef Brandon Chrostowski Joins the Show

13:29 – EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute

16:12 – Providing Hope

19:48 – Culinary Math & Life Lessons

23:48 – The Application Process

27:33 – The Teaching Process

32:06 – The Campus

35:28 – Finding Success

37:07 – Knife Skills

39:22 – Success Stories

41:53 – A Typical Day

43:39 – COVID19

50:50 – The Future of EDWINS

55:35 – Favorite & Least Favorite Dishes

1:04:12 – How to Apply or Contribute

1:05:30 – Brandon’s Inspirational Quote