Destiny Aponte began her culinary career in New York City. She graduated from the French Culinary Institute in 2012, where she regularly volunteered at the James Beard House. Her first kitchen job was at NOBU, where she learned knife skills and discipline. She also worked at ABC Kitchen and A’VOCE, all award-winning restaurants. In 2015, at the young age of 25, she went on to help open a Hilton Garden Inn in Long Island City.
She has a passion for cooking and a commitment to sustainability. Currently, she lives in San Antonio, Texas, where she now focuses on farm to table, seed to plate cooking. She works directly with farmers to source locally to raise awareness and understanding of where food comes from. She continuously pushes herself to become a better chef by seeking and working with the best mentors, which being a Chef Cooperatives member, allows her to do.
She also aims to mentor and influence others, showcasing them through pop-ups, events, and her own company It’s Destiny Catering, helping the local San Antonio culinary scene to expand. She believes in developing chefs into leaders, sharing the skills she learned in New York City through mentorship, believing in lifting as you climb and elevating one another.