Chef Carlos Pineda is the Program Manager and Executive Chef at the Culinary Academy and Kneaded Catering Company at Rebekah Children’s Services. Born and raised in Gilroy, after high school he graduated with Honors from the Professional Culinary Institute in Campbell in 2007. After his experience interning at the Inn at Spanish Bay with the Pebble Beach Company, he went on to worked as Chef in Monterey, Los Angeles, Morgan Hill and Gilroy.
In 2010 he transitioned into our local Rebekah Children’s Services where he helped develop their Culinary Academy.
This program allows disadvantaged youth ages 15-25 learn hands-on culinary skills in a commercial kitchen.
In addition, students develop job-readiness skills in a safe, structured, and caring environment that will prepare
students for the demands and responsibilities of adult-hood, independent living, and the real work world.
In 2014 he completed the requirements to receive his California Teaching Credential for Vocational Education
and is currently working towards a master’s in education.
Carlos is a huge contributor to various community and service organization such as being a Board of Director for the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, South County Young Professional’s Network, Gilroy Exchange Club, EL Cajon Project, Leadership Gilroy, Gilroy Foundation, is an active member for the City of Gilroy Housing Advisory Committee and is also the President for the Gilroy Sunrise Rotary Club. In June 2017 he received the Nob Hill Award for outstanding community service from the Gilroy Chamber of Commerce, he was highlighted as Gilroy and Morgan Hill Today’s 2018 People to watch, in 2018 he received the Gavilan College Community Spirit Award and lastly in 2017 and 2018 he won the Garlic Festival Showdown in which he donated his earnings to the Gilroy Foundation and Rebekah Children’s Services . Carlos is passionate about the community and enjoys learning how he can help make Gilroy a better place.