UHS senior looking forward to Colorado culinary program

Kaylene Chapa

UHS Journalism

Uvalde High School senior Celeste Quiroz has been accepted to the baking and pastry arts program at Johnson and Wales University. She will attend the Denver campus.

Quiroz first knew she wanted to pursue cooking as a career during the middle of her junior year. She found out about Johnson and Wales University when she did a simple search for cooking schools.

“I noticed when I was looking at universities, none of the career suggestions really stood out to me, like when they say ‘do you want to be a police officer?’ I just didn’t like that.”

She knew she wanted to go out of state and picked Denver to fill that requirement. “That happened to be the farthest one,” Quiroz said.

She got her first taste of cooking at her grandmother’s restaurant in Bracketville.

“My tía, my grandma and my dad have been cooking for a long time, so I kind of just grew up with it.”

She apparently has gotten really good at cooking. “I don’t know how to say it. I guess I would just throw things together and it comes out good.”


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