About the Award
Chef Richard Ingraham partnered with Beyond the Boroughs to create the Ben and Sarah Gibson Scholarship Award to help high school graduates attend culinary school. Michael Gutierrez from Food and Finance High School is the first recipient of the award, he currently attends Johnson and Wales University in Providence, Rhode Island.
About Ben and Sarah Gibson
My Grand Parents Ben and Sarah Gibson lived their lives serving others. Ironically after moving to Miami from Columbia, South Carolina in 1945, they both found themselves working in a kitchen.
My Grandmother worked in hotel kitchens on Miami Beach before becoming a domestic worker for some of Miami’s elite families. Her attention to detail, professionalism, and wit placed her in high demand. My Grandfather was a Chef at Toby’s Cafeteria for a number of years, where he ran the kitchen and swooned clients with his irresistible charm.
After Toby’s closed its doors, he became a skycap at Miami International Airport where he served until his retirement. My Grandparents believed in paying it forward and giving. They were known for feeding the homeless. Their philosophy was “everyone deserved to have a hot meal”. So, everyone knew that if you needed a hot plate you could go over to Sarah and Ben’s and they would feed you.
Both my grandparents instilled a strong work ethic in me. When I go out with SEEK to feed the homeless, when a stranger stops me on the street, or when I travel to our schools to talk to children- I think of Ben and Sarah. I think of them in heaven looking down and being proud of me, pushing me to achieve more not just for my advancement, but for the advancement of others.
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