Recent Conversations With San Diego Chefs Urgent: Mentors are needed for the influx of women entering our industry. Response: “I don’t deal with white jackets and chefs wearing medals.” Urgent: With culinary schools closing, skills trainers are needed. Response: “You guys are old. You’ve got old ways.” Urgent: Chefs are needed to network monthly with aspiring chefs. Response: “I’m too busy.” Excuses will not train the next generation of chefs! You can be a part of the solution.