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Meet the Class of 2024 Aarón Sánchez Scholarship Recipients

Four aspiring culinary talents have recently embarked on a journey to New Orleans that promises to shape their futures. Meyauna Campbell, Melanie Londoño, Christian Lopez, and Melvin Reyes are the latest recipients of the prestigious Aarón Sánchez Scholarship. Their recent relocation to New Orleans signifies the beginning of an exciting chapter as they immerse themselves in the world of culinary arts at the New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute (NOCHI)


The Aarón Sánchez Scholarship is a unique opportunity for young Latinos passionate about culinary arts. Founded by Chef Aarón Sánchez, the Scholarship aims to nurture and empower emerging talents, providing them with the tools and mentorship needed to become tomorrow's culinary leaders.


Meet the Class of 2024:


Four Latino culinary arts students in aprons

Latina culinary arts scholarship recipient

Meyauna Campbell: Meyauna has Dominican heritage, a flair for creativity, and a love for sharing flavors with others. She will bring a fresh perspective to the culinary scene. Her journey from her hometown of Baltimore is a testament to her dedication to honing her craft and embracing new challenges.





Latina culinary arts scholarship recipient

Melanie Londoño: Melanie's love for baking and culinary arts is deeply rooted in her Colombian background. Her journey, from her hometown of St. Petersburg, Florida, to the heart of New Orleans, is a testament to her determination to work hard, and merge tradition with modern techniques, creating culinary masterpieces that tell a story.




Latino culinary arts scholarship recipient

Christian Lopez: Christian brings his Mexican culture and style to the kitchen. His relocation from Los Angeles county to New Orleans is not just a change of scenery, but a transformative experience that will help him refine his skills and develop a unique culinary identity.






Latino culinary arts scholarship recipient

Melvin Reyes: Melvin's journey to New Orleans from the Bronx reflects his commitment to mastering the culinary arts. With strong pride in his Mexican heritage, a keen eye for detail, and a passion for precision, Melvin is poised to make a significant impact in the culinary world. New Orleans is about to witness the blossoming of his culinary skills.


The NOCHI Experience:

The New Orleans Culinary & Hospitality Institute, known for its world-class culinary education, is the perfect setting for these budding chefs to flourish. From state-of-the-art facilities to experienced faculty, NOCHI provides a nurturing environment for creativity and culinary excellence.


Training and Mentorship:

As recipients of the Aarón Sánchez Scholarship and members of the Class of 2024, Meyauna, Melanie, Christian, and Melvin will not only receive top-notch culinary training but also invaluable mentorship from Chef Aarón Sánchez and other industry experts. This mentoring will guide them in navigating the culinary landscape, honing their skills, and imparting wisdom that can only come from seasoned professionals.


These talented young Latinos will become the culinary leaders of tomorrow, leaving an indelible mark on the world of gastronomy. The future of culinary arts shines bright with these four stars on the rise. We hope you will continue to follow their story with us throughout the year.

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