LA’s Job Training Program kicked off on June 19 at the Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) in Pasadena, CA. Twenty-eight high school students attended the seven-day program. Presentations included front-of-house etiquette and hospitality, networking and social media’s impact in today’s job market, and menu development that was incorporated into lunch preparations and demonstrations from Chef Penny Davidi, alumnus Bobby Valdovinos, and ICE Chef Louis Eguaras. Students tested for their ServSafe food handlers certification, and volunteers from US Foodsand Melting Pot Tours spent time helping students with resume and cover letter development in preparation for their upcoming 175-hour paid internship. The program culminated with a tour of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market with supporting chefs and a wonderful luncheon hosted by the Jonathan Beach Club in Santa Monica, CA.
- The Institute of Culinary Education (ICE), Los Angeles, Chef Lachlan Sands and the entire ICE staff for hosting this year’s program.
- US Foods and Ms. Rebecca Gonzalez and staff, Ms. Diana Scalia of Melting Pot Tours and all of the mentors that assisted the students with resume development.
- Sysco and Chef Penny Davidi and C-CAP alum Chef Bobby Valdovinos for your expertise and guidance with menu development.
- Mendocino Farms and Chipotle for providing delicious lunches.
- Ms. Terrie Cooper for a beautiful presentation of herbs and spices.
- Ms. Peggy Mannix for her energy, instruction and workshops on a perfect handshake and the 30 second elevator pitch.
- Chef Monti Carlo for her expertise on presenting to the camera and developing a personal brand.
- Chefs Suzanne Tracht (Jar), Della Gossett (Spago, Beverly Hills) and Noel Brohner (Slow Rise Pizza) for touring the market with us.
- Mr. Matthew Allnatt, Chefs Jason McClain and Alex Porter and the entire staff at theJonathan Beach Club for hosting our culmination luncheon.