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Food Service & Hospitality


The Hospitality, Tourism & Recreation industry sector encompasses three distinct pathways. Anchored in Consumer and Family Studies the program integrates work-based instruction and leadership development.

The Food Service & Hospitality pathway provides students with the academic and technical preparation necessary to pursue high-skill, high-demand careers in this growing industry. Culinary Arts trains students in nutrition, restaurants and wineries. Royal's international focus in hospitality teaches students how to work in hotels, transportation, and recreational parks. Advanced students run the Highlander Cafe and travel to Walt Disney World for a behind the scenes investigation and culinary arts competition.

Students cook delicious, nutritious, international cuisine. They gain employment skills for work at restaurants, hotels, amusement parks and in transportation. Students run an on campus, full service cafe. They also compete as Family, Career, and Community Leaders Association (FCCLA) leaders.


All courses are a-g CSU/UC approved. Student enroll for up to four consecutive years.

Foods and Nutrition 1 & 2 (Concentration)

This year-long series emphasizes basic nutrition with food prepration techniques through academic and hands-on components. Students learn budgeting, food safety, recipe prepration and collaboration. Students reflect on food history and culture, nutrition based on life cycle needs, consumer needs, and sanitation.

ROP Food Service Hospitality (Completer)

This year 2 course builds on the concentrator. Cooking time is increased. Industry professionals are integrated throughout the experience. Studetns become Food Safe Certified and intern at the Highlander Cafe is emphasized.

ROP Food Service & Hospitality Honors (Completer)

This honors course prepares students for business and employment building on skills to include commercial equiptment, cost and profitability, and management. Students complete a capstone project and travel to Walt Disney World's Culinary Competition and international culinary excursions. Internships include catering for community events or paid work in the hospitality industry.

Highlander Cafe

ROP students run a business interning at the Highlander Cafe. This popular, full-service drink shop features drinks such as Frozen Mexican Hot Chocolate, Jasmine Green Tea, Peanut Butter Cold Brew, and Strawberry Smoothies. Interns serve and visit Groundwork Coffee, learning the process of growing, roasting, and serving customers.

Interning in the Highlander Cafe

Five students in the school cafe

ECONOMIC FUTUREThe Employment Development Department's Labor Market Review for May of 2023, reported leisure and hospitality payrolls increased by 9,800 in one month and was up by 126,200 jobs (6.6%) for the year and is one of the fastest growing industries. There are 96,146 restaurant employers in California which employ 45% of the state's employed workers. The biggest news in the industry was California's  increased  minimum wage for food service workers which outpaces other industry sectors.

Hotel Manager $126,893/year

Dietitian $75,416K/year

Cook $58,920/year


Banquet and Catering Director, Bed and Breakfast Owner, Chef, Concierge, Dietitian, Director of Conference Services, Director of Hotel Operations, Event Coordinator, Food and Beverage Director, Front Desk Associate, Host/Hostess,  Meeting Coordinator, Nutritionist, Tour Guide, Travel Agent

FCCLA make cookies for Evening of Excellence.
The culinary arts students, dressed in uniforms preparing cookies.