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Food Service & Hospitality

industry sector

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 

This course emphasizes basic nutrition with food preparation techniques with academic and hands-on components. Units include budgeting, safety, preparing a receipt, through collaborative work. In the second semester, students study the influence of history and culture on food, nutritional needs based on life cycle, sanitation, and consumer needs. Cooking time is increased. Industry professionals are integrated throughout the entire student experience.

ROP Food Service Hospitality and Honors

ROP prepares students for employment with focus on commercial equipment, management, cost and profitability. Students employ their Pro-Serve certification through their internship at the on-campus cafe and catering events. They also complete a capstone project.

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

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. In 2022, 265,000 jobs were created, a 16% increase. 77% of the gain was in food services and the accommodations sector. There are 96,146 restaurant employers in California which employ 45% of the state's employed workers. An 11% growth is expected in Amusement and Recreation through 2028.

Hotel Manager $126,893/year

Dietitian $75,416K/year

Cook $39,470/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