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Oscar®-Nominated Documentary Knife Skills to be Screened at CIA

Q&A to Follow with CIA Grad Whose Unique Restaurant is Subject of Film

Hyde Park, NY – A world-class French restaurant opens in Cleveland, OH. Plot twist: this one is mostly staffed by people with no restaurant experience, either cooking or serving, and who have just been released from prison. They have to learn—and quickly—from CIA graduate Brandon Chrostowski, the chef, founder, president, and CEO of EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute. This story of second chances is the subject of the film Knife Skills, a 2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Short Subject.

The Culinary Institute of America is hosting a free screening of Knife Skills, followed by a Q&A session with Chef Chrostowski, on Thursday, May 24 at 3 p.m. in the Marriott Pavilion on the CIA’s Hyde Park, NY campus.

Chrostowski created EDWINS—described by NPR as “a kind of hybrid restaurant and social services concept”—in 2013 because, he said, he wanted to provide ex-convicts with a fair and equal opportunity and maybe help lower recidivism rates a little. Bon Appétit magazine calls Knife Skills an “inspiring story of a classic French restaurant and the formerly incarcerated people who’ve made it succeed.”

In addition to a being a restaurant and teaching environment, EDWINS has grown to include a life skills center with housing, medical care, literacy programs, and job coaching.

Although the event is free, online registration is requested.

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Knife Skills is an Oscar-nominated documentary about the restaurant created by CIA graduate Brandon Chrostowski to provide job opportunities for those recently released from prison. A free screening of the movie will be held at The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY on May 24, followed by a Q&A session with Chef Chrostowski. (Illustration courtesy: Knife Skills)
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