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Portraits of Our Community: LFC New Chef, Gustavo Castaneda

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This week, as part of our series, "Oui" are the Lycée: Portraits of our Community*, we are delighted to learn more about Gustavo Castaneda, the inaugural chef working in the LFC kitchen, who joined the HandCut Foods lunch team earlier this month. 

Tell us about yourself. 

I was born in Mexico City and grew up in Chicago. As a kid, I always had an interest in cooking. After high school, I decided to begin my culinary journey and enrolled in the Cordon Bleu Culinary Arts program in Chicago. Upon graduating, I began working in many kitchens in the city. I have over twenty years experience in the hospitality and food service industry.

Why is the Lycée a good fit for you?

As a new team member of HandCut Foods, I am very excited to join the LFC community. I believe it’s essential for all students to have a delicious and nutritious meal every day. I look forward to serving the LFC students and faculty.

Do you have any favorite LFC moments? 

So far, meeting the kids and the staff!

* If you are interested in being featured in the "Oui" are the Lycée: Portraits of our Community series, please contact

Editor's note: new services offered by HandCut Foods for LFC students include:

  • Breakfast for secondary students. Hot breakfast sandwiches and burritos, pastries, yogurt parfaits, bagels and more are available for sale in the mornings, from 8:00 - 10:00 am.  
  • A sandwich and salad bar for Grades 1–12 students. They can make their own salads or sandwiches for lunch!
  • Family-style meals in Maternelle.
  • Afternoon snacks for secondary students. Chip, treats, drinks and more are available for sale after school until 4:30 pm.

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