Brandon Edwin Chrostowski
Founder, President & CEO, EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute

Presentation Title: A More Powerful Yes!

February 21, 2019
Luncheon sponsored by:

Luncheon Menu

Braised beef tips over cheddar chive mashed potatoes with peas and carrots

Vegetarian/Gluten Free: Grilled eggplant sliced and served over rosemary roasted red skin potatoes with a roasted tomato sauce

about the speaker

Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, with the belief that every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future. Under Chrostowski’s leadership, EDWINS has grown to include culinary education and life skills training at its flagship Cleveland, Ohio restaurant and Second Chance Life Skills Center, a program at Grafton Correctional Institute, and curriculum for inmates of all 30 Ohio prisons.

A trained chef and sommelier, Chrostowski has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Paris, New York, and Chicago, including Lucas Carton, Chanterelle, Picholine, Le Cirque and Charlie Trotter’s. He earned dozens of awards including CNN Heroes, Crain’s 40 under 40 and The Richard C. Cornuelle Award from the Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and is the subject of the Academy Award nominated documentary, “Knife Skills”. Chrostowski holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Restaurant Management from The Culinary Institute of America. He is married to Catana and is the proud father of Leo and Lilly.

Related Programming:

The Akron-Summit County Public Library is pleased to partner with the Akron Roundtable for the showing of the Oscar-nominated documentary Knife Skills at 4:00 pm on February 21 in the Main Library Auditorium, 60 S. High Street. Seating is available on a first come, first-served basis. This event is free and open to the public. 

Knife Skills follows the hectic launch of Edwins restaurant. In this improbable setting, with its mouthwatering dishes and its arcane French vocabulary, we discover the challenges of men and women finding their way after their release. We come to know three trainees intimately, as well as the restaurant’s founder, who is also dogged by his past.

Parking is available in the High/Market Deck. For more information, contact the Business and Government Division at 330-643-9020.