Abad came to The Doe Fund looking for a second chance. After falling severely ill, he had found himself without a job and homeless. As a former Marine, Abad knew how to prevail against challenging circumstances, and his unwavering determination led him to New York City where he found shelter and purpose at The Doe Fund.
Having a wealth of prior experience in food service, Abad began working in the kitchen and immediately felt at home. His passion for culinary arts developed at a young age, growing up cooking with his family, and blossomed into a career during his time as a Marine. Working within the military’s food service operation, Abad cooked for thousands of fellow servicemen each day. Following his military service, he then worked for many years as a sous chef.
At The Doe Fund’s culinary arts program, Abad flourished, once again able to do the work he was comfortable doing and loved. Since graduating from the program, Abad has been working at St. George’s Tavern as a lead cook. He loves being able to see the joy his food brings to customers on a daily basis. In the future, Abad hopes to become a culinary arts instructor, combining his two main passions, cooking and teaching.
Abad is proud of his accomplishments but never doubted his ability to thrive. He advises those entering the program to never give up. “Patience is a virtue,” he says. “Always trust the process, and have faith. When you find your path, follow it out towards the end.” Abad is a testament to the power of work hard and perseverance. We are thrilled to congratulate Abad for all of his success and encourage him to keep following his dreams. We cannot wait to see what the future has in store for him!