Until he joined the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation's (NRAEF) ProStart program, Alexander Gonzalez was struggling through high school in Newport Beach, CA. When he met veteran culinary educator Janet Dukes and joined ProStart at Newport Harbor High School, he found an outlet to turn his high school career around. Today Alex serves in the U.S. Navy, and he credits Mrs. Dukes and the lessons she taught him about cooking and life with his success in the Navy and ...

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