Virtual Summer Teen Cuisine Chef Interview: Ozzie's Pretzels & Pops

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Join us for the first-ever After School Matters Virtual Summer Teen Cuisine Chef Interview Series presented by Lettuce Entertain You!

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Although our beloved Summer Teen Cuisine series cannot meet in-person this season following city and state guidelines, we are thrilled to support and highlight our Advanced Culinary teens’ great work in a virtual capacity!

We invite you join us for a virtual Chef Interview series as our talented teens connect with accomplished Chefs from Lettuce Entertain You to learn about their career paths, pearls of wisdom, recipe instruction, and tips of resilience.

Meet of Chef Osvaldo Ocegueda

Recipe Demo: Strawberry / Mango Paleta

  • Grocery list and Zoom link will be emailed in advance
  • Cost: $10 per person (all ages are welcome)
  • All proceeds go to After School Matters

More about Chef Osvaldo ("Ozzie") Ocegueda

  • Partner of Lettuce Fly, Chef Osvaldo Ocegueda will be sharing his time and expertise with our teens to teach the magic behind his famous popsicles!
  • Chef Osvaldo (Ozzie) Ocegueda was born in Jalisco Mexico and moved to Chicago at the age of 2. His passion for cooking began when he would help his grandmother and mother cook at home. He later went onto work in fast-casual restaurants starting at age 15.
  • Ozzie joined Lettuce Entertain You in 1997 with the Big Bowl Division. He worked his way up from handling carry out to working nearly every kitchen position, trainer, sous chef, and executive chef. His career with Big Bowl spanned five different states and when Big Bowl was purchased by Brinker in 2000, Ozzie continued working with the brand. He has been a part of the opening for every new location to date.
  • He re-joined Lettuce in 2005 and continued to grow the Big Bowl brand along with Big Bowl Chinese Express locations in MN and MO. Ozzie worked with the Big Bowl team for 13 years and in January 2013, he joined Lettuce Fly, a division within Lettuce Entertain You that oversees the development of restaurants in airports.
  • His first project with Lettuce Fly was to open Big Bowl at O’Hare International Terminal 5 in January 2013.
  • Ozzie is full time with Lettuce Fly and has created eleven different airport restaurants in three cities including Big Bowl, Wow Bao, Magic Pan, Hub 51, Summer House Santa Monica, Urban Olive, and RJ Grunts Burger & Fries. Ozzie is an integral part of the growth of the Lettuce Fly team, as he is planning to expand the group with more than eight locations in the next three years.
  • Ozzie also works with Lettuce Fly on Lettuce Entertain You’s growth at Navy Pier, specifically developing back-of-house systems for the restaurants at the pier. He collaborated with the team on developing a menu for Big Bowl, Frankie's Pizza by the Slice and Big City Chicken which opened in June 2015.
  • This summer 2018, Ozzie and his team opened a new concept at Navy Pier, a small kiosk named Ozzie Pops & Pretzels that specializes in seasonal popsicles and hand-twisted pretzels.
  • In his free time, Ozzie gives back to philanthropic causes, especially Misericordia. He and his wife Norma have five children and live in Chicago, they love to take annual vacations to different parts of Mexico to learn and enjoy the culture.
  • So if you have a sweet tooth for working in the kitchen, this is the perfect opportunity to meet and learn more from Chef Ozzie Ocegueda!

Questions? Please don't hesitate to reach out to events@afterschoolmatters.org

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