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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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