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Cleveland mayoral candidate Brandon Chrostowski says appearance matters: Fashion Flash

Cleveland.com | July 30, 2017

Before I found restaurants when I was 18 and met my mentor, George Kalergis, I had many jobs including bagging groceries, delivering papers, at an ice cream parlor, bowling alley, florist and gas station. I like to work hard. I was living in Detroit, being raised by my single mother, and my first restaurant felt right. It was diverse and educational and I was good at it. The culture of food inspired me, it has history.

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Few Winners and Lots of Losers in Rowdy East Side Mayoral Forum

Cleveland Scene | July 25, 2017

Seven Cleveland mayoral hopefuls threw off their gloves in a raucous barroom brawl billed as a “candidates forum” in Cleveland’s Lee-Harvard neighborhood Monday night. It was the second such event hosted by the Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus, and this one, co-hosted by the Northeast Ohio Black Health Coalition and held at the Harvard Community Services Center, was considerably rowdier than last month’s event in Clark-Fulton.

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Brandon Chrostowski discusses his Cleveland mayoral candidacy

WKYC Cleveland | June 16, 2017

CLEVELAND – Cleveland mayoral candidate Brandon Chrostowski said he’s running for the city’s top spot because he’s seen the “troubles that plague our community.” In a sit down interview with WKYC’s Russ Mitchell, he also pointed out that he believes safety is the city’s biggest issue.

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Brandon Chrostowski discusses his Cleveland mayoral candidacy

WKYC Cleveland | June 16, 2017

CLEVELAND – Cleveland mayoral candidate Brandon Chrostowski said he’s running for the city’s top spot because he’s seen the “troubles that plague our community.” In a sit down interview with WKYC’s Russ Mitchell, he also pointed out that he believes safety is the city’s biggest issue.

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Cuyahoga elections board OKs EDWINS founder Brandon Chrostowski for Cleveland mayoral ballot

Cleveland.com | Robert Higg | May 30, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The Cuyahoga County Board of Elections has validated signatures on nominating petitions from a second candidate for mayor of Cleveland.

Brandon Chrostowski, founder and leader of the nonprofit Edwins Leadership and Restaurant Institute, an East Side restaurant that helps ex-inmates learn a trade and launch careers, submitted more than 3,400 valid signatures. Cleveland’s charter requires mayoral candidates submit 3,000.

“This should put everyone on notice that I have no intention of going away quietly,” Chrostowski said in a statement. “I’m excited to offer Clevelanders something new for a change; a mayor who truly represents the interests of the residents.”

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Brandon Chrostowski Files Signatures for Mayor

WVIZ/PBS ideastream® | May 25, 2017

The elections board records another filing for Cleveland’s Mayoral seat, re-entry advocate and civic entrepreneur Brandon Chrostowski talks about why he wants to be the next Mayor.

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Cleveland Mayoral hopeful, Brandon Chrostowski, says Q Arena deal is a slap in the face to Clevelanders

Metro Urban News | Guest Columnist Brandon Chrostowski | April 29, 2017

The promise of an NBA All Star game will not cure our city’s poverty. The recent shenanigans in and around our disingenuous City Council involving the Q is revealing and alarming. Does our current city administration serve the corporates or the citizens?

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Cleveland mayoral challenger Brandon Chrostowski says city must target neighborhood violence

Cleveland.com | Robert Higgs | March 8, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Mayoral challenger Brandon Chrostowski on Wednesday bemoaned the levels of violence in Cleveland neighborhoods, accusing Mayor Frank Jackson’s administration of inadequate action and pitching his own plan to make neighborhoods safer.

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Restaurateur, Activist and Mayoral Candidate Brandon Chrostowski Talks About Violence in Cleveland

WKSU | Annie Wu | March 8, 2017

At his first press conference since announcing he’s running for mayor of Cleveland, Brandon Chrostowski outlined a plan Wednesday to improve public safety – his top campaign priority.

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Edwins restaurant CEO Brandon Chrostowski announces Cleveland mayoral bid

Cleveland.com | Andrew J. Tobias | February 2, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The founder and leader of a renowned East Side restaurant that helps ex-inmates launch careers in the restaurant industry today said that he will challenge Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson this year.

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Harvey’s Hero: Brandon

Steve Harvey | January 27, 2017

Brandon Chrostowski started a highly-rated upscale restaurant in Cleveland, OH called “Edwins,” where the staff is made up almost entirely of former inmates.

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How This Restaurant Gives Convicts A Chance To Start Over

Inside Edition | January 20, 2017

In the kitchen is where Greg Horton found his calling. But for this 25-year-old that’s not the recipe for success he ever imagined. Greg is a convicted felon and was sentenced to five years in prison for robbery.

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Fox Recipe Box: Pecan Pie

Fox 8 Cleveland | Margaret Daykin | January 16, 2017

CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is Chef Brandon Chrostowski’s favorite holiday of the year. The chef and founder of EDWINS Restaurant and Leadership Institute credits the civil rights leader as one of the biggest inspirations in his life.

In honor of the MLK Jr. holiday, Chef Chrostowski shared one of Dr. King’s favorite dessert recipes with Fox 8’s Kristi Capel.

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Jail experiences added to the power of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s message: Brandon E. Chrostowski

Cleveland.com | Guest Columnist Brandon Chrostowski | January 15, 2017

CLEVELAND — We tend to assume that people who have been in prison lack the potential for good. Beyond the fact that I’ve personally seen this proven to be untrue time and again, doesn’t this betray the core goodness of America’s most renowned “convict?”

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was arrested 30 times during his 13 years as the beacon of justice for this nation. All of his detentions and jail stays followed a nonviolent march or demonstration protesting racial segregation in American life. He was lonely, scared, and certainly in danger during each of these imprisonments. But none of these experiences changed his basic goodness.

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Brandon E. Chrostowski – See The Good Event at EDWINS

WKYC Cleveland | January 13, 2017

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. day is on Monday and EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute is honoring him by cooking up some of his favorite dishes, including pig’s feet! Brandon E. Chrostowski, Founder of EDWINS, joins us to share information about an event next Tuesday where if you bring in one piece of good news from a media outlet, you will get a free appetizer on the house! Brandon tells us what EDWINS is all about and how it relates to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy.

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Edwins Second Chance Life Skills Center awarded $200,000 for development efforts in Cleveland’s Buckeye neighborhood

Crain’s Cleveland Business | Jeremy Nobile | October 19, 2016

Edwins Second Chance Life Skills Center, a housing-focused component of Cleveland chef Brandon Chrostowski’s nonprofit Edwins Leadership & Restaurant Institute, has been named a 2016 Neighborhood Builder by Bank of America and will receive a $200,000 grant for the distinction.

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How big is Cleveland’s heart?

Fresh Water Cleveland | Brandon Chrostowski | October 6, 2016

Our city is riding high on a crest of significant achievements and a new wave of national recognition and acclaim. Cleveland is hot. The Cavaliers are the champions of professional basketball and the Indians have taken the Central Division of the American League. We just hosted a major political party’s presidential nominating convention. Downtown is alive with culture, culinary gems, and late-night crowds.

There is pride and optimism in Cleveland and we justifiably hold our heads up high. Now the question is, as we pound our chests: can we change our city’s outlook?

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TD Jakes End

Jon Khanna | October 5, 2016
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EDWINS MacArthur Foundation video

Edwins Restaurant | October 1, 2016

MacArthur Foundation video

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Cleveland restaurant employs former inmates

Newsy | August 26, 2016

Edwins, an upscale French restaurant in Cleveland, offers former inmates culinary and hospitality education, along with housing, after incarceration.

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EDWINS Dorms Update 2016 Short

Griffin Johnson | August 13, 2016

A video showing the great progress made at our Second Chance Life Skills Campus!

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Heeding the Humanity of Former Prisoners

Cleveland Scene | Brandon Chrostowski | June 2, 2016

I am a former criminal. I was thrown in jail for fleeing and eluding the police after leaving the scene where drugs were involved. What I learned most was not the error of my ways, but the error of the criminal justice system’s ways, and the error of a society that treats those of us who have been incarcerated as lifelong pariahs.

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Don’t let future chefs die on our streets: Brandon E. Chrostowski

Cleveland.com | Guest Columnist Brandon Chrostowski | May 10, 2016

He was young man who was never convicted of any felony but suffered the death penalty. Like many of us, he had a complicated past but he was walking tall and creating a bright future for himself. His name was Brian and his blood cries out to me: Why was yet another aspiring, hopeful person simply snuffed out from this life?

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Restaurant serves up second chance

News 5 Cleveland | April 13, 2016

Students with a troubled past are getting a second chance. Edwin’s Restaurant, in Shaker Heights has made a habit of employing people whose checkered past makes it tough to get hired.

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CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski: Another chance at life

CNN | March 17, 2016

Brandon Chrostowski is giving second chances to ex-offenders through his nonprofit restaurant and culinary training program in Cleveland.

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CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski: Life after EDWINS

CNN | March 17, 2016

Graduates of CNN Hero Brandon Chrostowski’s program for ex-offenders show how they’re now building successful culinary careers in Cleveland.

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The City Club of Cleveland | September 24, 2015

Brandon Edwin Chrostowski, Founder & CEO of the EDWINS Leadership and Restaurant Institute, speaks about his restaurant’s conception, mission and importance in the community as he outlines the pillars that have led to the success of EDWINS and their students.

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Edwins Second Chance campus comes together on Cleveland’s Buckeye Road

Cleveland.com | Michelle Jarboe | September 8, 2015

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Brandon Chrostowski isn’t blind to the blight on this corner of Buckeye Road and South Moreland Boulevard, on the city’s East Side. But in the abandoned apartments and bereft brick buildings, he also sees potential.

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100 Second Chances

StoryLens Pictures | April 11, 2015
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Can I Turn My Passion Into An Enterprise? – Luncheon Keynote

The Nonprofit Partnership | August 5, 2014

Brandon Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of reentry into community from prison. But his passion didn’t lead to starting a program, instead he built a social enterprise. Come hear his exciting story of building EDWINS Leadership Institute and Restaurant

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