Shermond Esteen Jr.

Shermond Esteen Jr.

Chef


Nonno’s Cajun Cuisine and Pastries

New Orleans, LA USA


You can either get bitter or better.

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Shermond Esteen Jr.

Milestones

My road in life has taken me all over.
My mother, who owned a catering business, taught me how to cook when I was a kid.
I was sentenced to 33 years in prison for possession of marijuana in 1999.
While incarcerated, I learned how to bake and became good enough at it that I started running the kitchen and teaching others how to cook and bake.
I always had a vision of opening my own restaurant when I got out of prison.
I was released from prison in 2019 after serving 20 years of my 33-year sentence.
After being released, I took one day off and then got to work on my business, starting by cooking out of my mother and father’s home.
My cooking became more popular and I began looking for a building to open up a restaurant in order to comply with food and health codes.
In June of 2020, I opened Nonno’s Cajun Cuisine & Pastries, where I cook all of the main entrees and teach the dishes to those working under me.

Career

Chef

I own a restaurant and cook all of the main entrees.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Food
Entrepreneurship
Accomplishing Goals

Hurdles

Challenges I Overcame

Formerly Incarcerated

Interviewed By

Being Free

Being Free

Formerly incarcerated people find purpose.