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Being a sous chef I have had to deal with many highly stressful situations. However it has just come to my attention that next week a bunch of kids are going to be walking around all over the back house and dining room as part of a field trip. I recently found out that the executive chef volunteered me to give the tour of the kitchen (on my day off of course). I wanted to know if anyone here has experience with this sort of thing and what I should do/talk about. I get the feeling that they are either going to be elementary or middle school students.

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Is the tour going to be during business hours?

 

Are you allowed to make something for the kids?

 

Does your restaurant have any cheap paper chef hats, pens, or stationary that can be given as souvenirs?

 

How long will you have them there?

 

Which cuisine do you serve there?

 

Will you be giving the tour alone?

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I've had kids that do a tour of my kitchen make their own pizzas. Have all of the doughs tossed and ready for sauce toppings. Or you can even par bake them all. Have a handful of different toppings and cheese for them to pick from. Then have a couple of your cooks bake all the pizzas off. While the pizzas are cooking the kids all go clean all the flour off them and they have about five minutes to ask you a few questions. I've done this for the last 6-8 years at a few different restaurants, kids love it, it's cheap, and doesn't take up a huge chunk of your time.
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