Maranatha’s Minuteman Cafe Gets New Chef

Two years ago, Chef Jason Francisco set out to transform Maranatha’s cafeteria into the “farm to table” Minuteman Café that it is today. Chef Jason set the standard to cook with all raw ingredients including hormone and antibiotic-free chicken, grass-fed beef, and organic vegetables. He increased recycled paper goods, cut down waste, and in the process of all his exciting dishes – more than doubled the number of students utilizing Maranatha’s food services.

Under Chef Jason, Maranatha also became the only school in the nation that was recognized by Cordon Bleu as a restaurant. With that distinction, we were able to act as a teaching kitchen for the local Cordon Bleu culinary school and train their externs during their last three months of their program. Two years ago, one such extern, William Ramirez, began work at MHS and quickly proved his aptitude for the trade. Chef Jason took Will under his wing and helped further develop his skill and passion.

Maranatha is pleased to announce that William Ramirez has been promoted to Executive Chef and has begun these duties in the Minuteman Café this week. Will loves working at MHS and getting to interact with the students. He has not only seen them through the kitchen over the last two years, but serves as the Frosh Girls’ Volleyball Coach as well.

Maranatha High School, 169 S. St. John Avenue, Pasadena, (626) 817-4000 or visit


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