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Fisherman's Project Trains Chefs, Redirects Lives

Posted June 30, 2001

— There is an old saying: "Take a man fishing and he'll eat for a day. Teach him to fish and he'll eat for a lifetime." That is the goal of the Fisherman's Project, which takes people with shaky backgrounds and helps them build marketable skills.

"We take people who have had some adversities to overcome in their past, some may be living in shelters, some may have a susbstance abuse past, but they are taking steps to correct those. And we're part of the solution for them," say executive chef Terri Hutter.

"I was in the court system and it helped me get my life back on track. If I hadn't started the program, I'd probably still be doing the same stupid stuff I was doing before," says graduate David Migdal.

The Fisherman's Project has served up 65 graduates over the past three years. Gladys Adams is a graduate and now works with the program.

"Seeing other people come in, confused as I was, lost as I was, and then (seeing them make it to) graduation day (is rewarding)," she says.

This is no cakewalk. There is a great deal to learn.

"It's a lot! It's a lot to learn. But the greatest part about it is when whatever you are preparing, when you finish and people like it," laughs graduate Kim Bridges.

And do not expect the traditional mortar boards for these graduates -- they get chef hats.

The Fisherman's Project will start its next class in July.

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