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LISD culinary students getting more experience with United Supermarkets

Zachary Rodriguez, Monterey HS senior Zachary Rodriguez, Monterey HS senior
Zachary Rodriguez is excited for his internship with United Supermarkets. Zachary Rodriguez is excited for his internship with United Supermarkets.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

On Thursday, an official relationship between United Supermarkets and Lubbock Independent School District was approved unanimously by the school board.

This will give the culinary students a hands-on experience in learning about food and floral arrangements.

Which in turn, will provide United Supermarkets with more employees who are already trained.

One Monterey High School senior, Zachary Rodriguez, says he is excited for this opportunity.

"I do want to proceed in culinary in my life,” he says.

The idea came to him after his sister recommended trying out the craft.

"You know what, I'm going to try it out and ever since that day, I liked it,” he explains.

With each course he’s taken,  Zachary is hoping to follow in his father's footsteps.

"I said you know what, I'm going to do something for my dad and I'm going to become a chef,” he says.

Though his father is not internationally trained, he was a cook for several years.

Zachary says wearing his chef’s coat and using his tools, gives him an outlet.

"It's very relaxing,” he says. “It relaxes me when I'm nervous or something. You'll see me in the kitchen making me something to eat."

And, gives him a way to connect with his heritage.

"My favorite thing is Mexican food," he says.

But, above all, cooking gives the driven 18-year-old a  chance to live out his dreams.

"I want to become a chef,” he tells us.

The partnership his school district has with United Supermarkets is allowing him to make his dreams a reality.

And, he says it's something he wouldn't have otherwise had an opportunity to pursue.

In just a week, he'll start his internship and be that much closer to reaching the stars. 

"I want to be cooking at my own restaurant,” he says. “I don't know the name of my own restaurant, yet, but that's later in life."

The kids in the program will gain hands-on experience and training in the deli, bakery, meat and seafood cutting, and floral design.

Also, with this partnership, United is donating $131,600 for materials and products for this program.

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