Back to Where it All Began

//Back to Where it All Began

Coming back to where it all began is Yesenia Carnero’s story. The 2015 Dimmitt High School graduate returns to Dimmitt, TX for a job opportunity at the new long-term and assisted living facility, Country View Living, as the Culinary Director.

“I knew I wanted to come back to Dimmitt and bring my talent to this town,” said Carnero. “Country View Living is a perfect fit and start for me.”

Carnero always had the vision of coming back to Dimmitt. With the goal of making a difference somewhere with the ability to showcase her talent in the kitchen. She is getting to fulfill that goal through her position at Country View Living.

Her desire to work in the food and dietary industry started when she was a young girl. She enjoyed watching her sister and mother cook, and watching the Food Network Channel. That desire grew even more when she joined FCCLA and the Culinary Arts class with instructor, Larry Garcia at Dimmitt High School.

With Garcia’s encouragement, Carnero built a culinary team to compete through FCCLA. The team competed at regionals and then made history by being the first DHS culinary team to compete at state, where they earned third place. During Carnero’s senior year the team placed first at the regional level, and went on to compete at Corpus Christi.

Through the support and push from her teachers at DHS like Garcia and Jackie Odom, Carnero felt like she could take the leap in following her dreams of becoming a chef.

“Leaving a small town to follow my dreams in becoming a chef was a big step for me,” said Carnero. “I knew I wanted to follow this career path when everything was lining up for me in high school.”

Upon graduating from DHS, Carnero attended Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in Austin, TX. With more than half of her school being paid for from earning scholarships in high school through competing in culinary competitions.

Carnero has grown her experience in the culinary world through past careers including being a cook at the Austin Convention Center and at a nursing home in Amarillo. Most recently she was a Patient Ambassador at the Northwest Texas Hospital in Amarillo.

Grateful is the word Carnero used to described the opportunity she has been given, because of the people who believed in her and supported her throughout high school helped her reach her dreams, and now she gets to return the favor by providing Dimmitt with her culiary work.

“I want to make people happy with food,” said Carnero. “At Country View Living I want to give them a great experience with our food service.”