MEET CHEF CASTRO
Hello Autumn Ridge Gators!
My name is Chef Castro and I will be your Culinary Arts Instructor. I am excited to be joining the Gator family. I will be relocating from the Washington DC area for this amazing opportunity. I graduated from Johnson & Wales University with an Associates in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors in Food & Beverage Management. Before becoming a teacher, I had the opportunity of working at Walt Disney World, the Hilton Hotels and as a Private Chef. However, my love and passion for food and hospitality started at a very young age. I grew up in the industry considering many of my family members own restaurants in the DC area. I am currently a Culinary Arts teacher at my former high school, where I have had the opportunity to manage the culinary program and our student-run restaurant. Teaching is by far my favorite job. I enjoy witnessing the excitement and growth of each and every one of my students. I am looking forward to meeting you this upcoming school year. Let's get cooking, Gators!!!
Subject: Introduction to Culinary Arts/Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
Grade: 7th & 8th
1st:Introduction to Culinary Arts
2nd:Introduction to Culinary Arts
3rd:Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
4th:Principles of Hospitality & Tourism
5th:Introduction to Culinary Arts
6th:Introduction to Culinary Arts
By appointment only. Please email me to schedule or sign up during class time.
Please look at the weekly class announcement for the tutorial date each week.
Tutoring time is from 4:05p.m.-5:00p.m
Three Fun Facts about Chef Castro
During my time at Disney, I worked at the Finding Nemo Restaurant, which is also an aquarium. I was surrounded by sharks, fish and other cool sea creatures while working behind the scenes in the kitchen.
My first job, at the age of 13, was at an uncles' taco truck, Tacos "El Chilango", in Washington DC. This was probably one of the hardest cook jobs I have ever had, but I learned so much about authentic Mexican food.
I LOVE donuts, but I also LOVE making them. During COVID, making donuts for my friends, family and neighbors distracted me from everything going on in the world. It was a great way to put a smile on people's faces during the pandemic. I mean who can say no to a donut?