He used to sling crack. Now he’s baking extremely delicious cupcakes. Meet Antwoin Gutierrez, also known as Chef Fresh. He began making and promoting the drug as a 16-year-previous in Peekskill, NY, however nowadays has Fresh Taste, a digital bakery that provides to celebrities’ sweet tooths.
His profession transformation wasn’t straightforward or swift. It got here after three stints in jail, together with two for drug dealing and the final, for a theft that landed him in behind bars for 32 months.
He realized to harness his entrepreneurial tendencies into more respectable pursuits, due to nonprofit organizations geared to serving to ex-cons succeed. Recent out of jail in 2011, Gutierrez joined the Doe Fund, a nonprofit that goals to interrupt the cycle of homelessness and felony recidivism. He went in, considering he’d earn his industrial driver’s license. As a substitute, the meals-companies head took Gutierrez beneath his wing and taught him the best way to bake, an ability much like one he already had.
“He didn’t simply give me a recipe,” Gutierrez says. “He confirmed to me how you could make it, and it was much like what I used to be doing when cooking crack. It was all about mixing issues and the totally different reactions you get with chemistry. One thing simply clicked.” He went on to bake and cook within the group’s kitchen. Quickly he was working at accommodations and eating places, together with Maialino and Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, all of the whereas baking on the facet and posting his creations on social media.
He’s created cupcakes for DJ Khaled, “America’s Next Top Model” winner Eva Marcille and the solid of “The Actual Housewives of New Jersey.” However, he’d like to bake for President Trump. Though he has boldface devotees, his largest fan stays his mother, Lasanja Mignotte. She loves his carrot-cake cookies — and the way he’s turned his life around.