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Jordan High students learn about restaurant management at California Pizza Kitchen

November 9, 2017

Students at California Pizza Kitchen

Eighty-two Food and Nutrition students representing all grade levels at Jordan High School visited California Pizza Kitchen at SouthPoint last Thursday to learn the ins-and-outs of restaurant management. General Manager Jadrien Woods and staff members led students in small groups through the front- and back-of-house including the kitchen, pantry, deep freezer, sanitation area and dining area, explaining the requirements for each such as proper temperature settings and supply needs. Employees spoke to them about career pathways in the restaurant industry.

"Exposure and experience are important at this age level,” said teacher Joy Chiles, who organized the field experience. “It helps students understand the content of our curriculum, and expands their knowledge of career options including how to move up in a company.”

At the end of the tour, students were surprised and delighted to make their own pizzas and dine on them with classmates. They even proposed their own menu item called a “Jordan Special”, which would include a pizza with three toppings, ice cream and a drink for $10.20.

When asked why he agreed to host Jordan High students, Woods replied "It helps the community. I wish they had something like this when I was in school and that I had had the experience earlier. It wasn’t until I was 25 and worked in a restaurant that I knew it could be a career".