Chef Magdalena Padron
Instructional Assistant & Adjunct Faculty
Chef Padron got her passion for the kitchen life at the young age of 6. Always by her mother’s side in the kitchen; she soon picked up basic skills like doing dishes, stirring hot food on the stove and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. She began helping her mother with her catering company by prepping and delivering parties on the weekends. After high school Chef Padron decided to enroll in the Culinary Arts program at Los Angeles Mission College; while at LAMC she was able to build a strong foundation of culinary knowledge. She is a recipient of the LAMC Dean’s List for having a 3.5 GPA throughout her studies. She also competed in several American Culinary Federation Culinary competitions and obtained silver and bronze medals. Simultaneously, Chef Padron started working in the hospitality industry as a FOH caterer for Sodexho in Silverlake, California. While working as a caterer, she observed the chefs in kitchen. She was eager to be a part efficient and professional group of chefs.
Chef Padron slowly transitioned into working BOH. She worked for a year at LAMC, when the old kitchen existed, as a short order line cook (student worker). While there the opportunity came up to work for several catering and event companies such as My World On a Plate, Syndicate Hospitality and SBE all based out of Los Angeles, California. She worked in the industry while going to school; Chef Padron obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Science Hospitality Management at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. After graduation, the opportunity to live in Hawai’i arose and Chef Padron moved. While in Hawai’i, where she lived for almost 4 years, she worked for EatHonolulu as line cook and worked her way up to Kitchen Manager and Catering Chef. With the catering opportunity there, Chef was able to see the island. Caterings took her to different settings from weddings at beach front oasis to corporate Christmas parties in downtown Honolulu to private homes of Oahu’s elite. Chef Padron missed California and decided to move back. She currently assists with introductory culinary classes at LAMC and teaches classes such as Sanitation and Safety, Culinary Nutrition and Culinary Fundamentals I & II.