Congresswoman Karen Bass: A Women’s History Month salute

By Francisco Garcia
Dorsey High School Culinary Arts Student

imageThe day I met Congresswoman Karen Bass was an interesting occasion. She visited the Dorsey High School Culinary Arts students for a special breakfast in her honor. I made one of my specialty items, Breakfast Egg Spread, made with hard boiled eggs mixed with black pepper, ranch dressing and green onions. The ingredients are spread on top of a toasted baguette and topped off with sprinkles of chopped turkey bacon. Cooking the Breakfast Egg Spread wasn’t the best part; it was watching everyone eat and enjoy what I cooked.

Meeting the Congresswoman, who represents South Los Angeles, was an honor because she took time out of her busy schedule to support our Let’s Move! project, “Cooking Live with Dorsey High.” We sat down at the table with Ms. Bass and ate French toast, turkey sausage with sugar-free syrup, omelettes stuffed with vegetables and apple pastries. This was a very educational experience as it taught me that I can really cook and that there are so many diverse foods for me to learn how to cook. I’m not used to cooking food from different cultures and now I know more about different foods and will test my cooking skills with preparing Soul Food in the Dorsey kitchen.

imageFrancisco Garcia preparing his Breakfast Egg Spread at Dorsey High School.

Breakfast with Congresswoman Karen Bass gave everyone the opportunity to have an close and personal talk with her. Our sponsor, Ms. Daphne Bradford, introduced her and the congresswoman accepted the invitation to come up to podium and tell us about her history-making accomplishments in the political world. I didn’t know Karen Bass was the first African American woman to serve as the Speaker of the California Assembly. Not many of my friends can say they made breakfast for a history-making member of Congress. After Representative Bass finished speaking, we took a big group picture and she was off to her next meeting with a full stomach compliments of “Cooking Live with Dorsey High.”

imageThe finished Breakfast Egg Spread prepared by Dorsey culinary student Francisco Garcia.

Dorsey culinary student wins scholarship

Carlos Cordero, a senior at Dorsey High School in South Los Angeles received a $2,300 college scholarship from Careers through Culinary Arts Program(C-CAP) to further his culinary dreams.  When LAUSD decided to cut funding for C-CAP, students at Dorsey High School were able to keep participating through a generous donation from Mother Of Many (M.O.M.). 

Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) works with public schools across the country to prepare under-served high school students for college and career opportunities in the restaurant and hospitality industry.  C-CAP manages the largest independent high school culinary scholarship program in the United States.

Carlos is among the students who will join the Dorsey Culinary Arts Program and Crenshaw Digital Media team’s visit to the White House.  Click here for information on the Journey to the White House.


From left to right:  Richard Grausman (C-CAP Founder/President), Carlos Cordero (Dorsey/M.O.M. Student), Erevetta Marzette (Dorsey Culinary Instructor), Daphne Bradford (Mother Of Many, Dorsey C-CAP co-sponsor), Tracy Rivera (Dorsey Student), Mitzie Cutler (C-CAP Director, Los Angeles) />