It’s graduation time in Louisiana and the horizons are wide for this year’s culinary students. The New Orleans Career Center is celebrating the first graduating class of their Hospitality, Restaurant, and Tourism Academy – and Louisiana Eats is joining in.

We begin with Chef Alon Shaya, whose foundation plays an integral part in the new trade school. Alon knows firsthand how a single teacher can change the direction of a student’s life and he’s committed to giving the same opportunities to today’s youth that he benefited from as a troubled teen.