Brandon E. Chrostowski
CEO, Director of Operations
Brandon Edwin Chrostowski is on a mission to change the face of re-entry in the United States. In 2007, he founded EDWINS Leadership & Restaurant Institute, with the belief that every human being regardless of their past has the right to a fair and equal future. Under Chrostowski’s leadership, EDWINS has grown to include culinary education and life skills training at its flagship Cleveland, Ohio restaurant and Second Chance Life Skills Center, a program at Grafton Correctional Institute, and curriculum for inmates of all 30 Ohio prisons.
A trained chef and sommelier, Chrostowski has worked at some of the finest restaurants in Paris, New York, and Chicago, including Lucas Carton, Chanterelle, Picholine, Le Cirque and Charlie Trotter’s. He earned dozens of awards including CNN Heroes, Crain’s 40 under 40 and The Richard C. Cornuelle Award from the Manhattan Institute for Social Entrepreneurship and is the subject of the Academy nominated documentary Knife Skills. Chrostowski holds an Associate’s degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s degree in Business and Restaurant Management from The Culinary Institute of America. He is married to Catana and is a proud father of Leo and Lilly.
Jessica is a person in recovery who is committed to improving the lives of others in recovery. She is a member of the 2019 Signature Leadership Medina County class, Main Street Medina, 100 + Women Who Care, the Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, the Medina County Career Center Adult Education Medical Assisting Advisory Council, the National Association of Social Workers, the Family First Trauma Informed Care Committee and an active participant and supporter of the R.A.K.E. (Random Acts of Kindness Everywhere) movement and the St. Baldrick’s Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research. In addition to managing the recovery center, she is the artist and owner of a small business, J.Scribbs Custom Hand Lettering and Calligraphy, LLC.