Beatriz Argumedo is a survivor. She unfortunately had to watch her mom being abused in her home. So one way she felt that she could help her mom, was to cook the family meals. She started at age 7. Given her home life, cooking became her therapy, all the way through her graduation from Maxine Waters High School. Her road did not get easier. She became addicted to drugs, entered into an abusive relationship herself and still was trying to bring up three children. She struggled in this environment for ten years and at one point lost custody of her children. She cleaned up and eventually recovered custody of her children in 2012, and followed that up by re-starting her life. She knew she did not have enough skills to enter the job market, so she enrolled in the culinary program at LA Trade Tech College. It was time to blossom.
She became president of the Culinary Arts club, won awards for her creations and her experiences have been shared with her classmates. She graduated with certificates in culinary arts and restaurant management in 2016, and landed a job at a restaurant in Beverly Hills. But she’s not stopping. She is back at LATTC majoring in criminal justice, trying to create an even better life for her children.