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Kyndal Gardner

Major: Hospitality Management

Year: Junior
Hometown/State: Gilbertville, IA

Type of experience: Internship
Company/Organization: Ponte Vedra Inn & Club
Company/Organization website:
Title: Pantry Chef
Destination: Jacksonville, FL
Timeframe: February 8 - April 24

Advisor/Coordinator Email:

I was responsible for...
As a pantry chef, I was required to create salads and desserts in the fine dining restaurant. I also got to come up with an Amuse Bouche frequently. I had to maintain food safety and sanitation requirements. I also helped to do plate ups for banquets.

I accomplished...
I went from being the new intern to training new interns! My amount of responsibility increased immensely within my 10 week internship.

My most valuable effort...
I got to design a food product that was served within the resort. It received many compliments and it made me feel like I could be successful in this career.

I learned...
I learned that even though I don't necessarily want to be a chef for the rest of my life, I enjoyed my experience because it gave me a lot of insight into the industry and how it functions as a whole.

I will never forget...
The most memorable experience I had was shadowing in the front of the house and getting to interact with the guests. One table in particular was asking for me by name, told me I was doing a really wonderful job and that I would go really far in the industry.

Advice for others...
Be open to experiencing all aspects of hospitality. Even if you don't want to work in a kitchen, it is helpful to know how it functions on a daily basis.

I first learned about this career-building experience from...
I worked for the company previously.

I landed this assignment by...
I contacted the director and asked if there were any open positions.

I wanted this experience because...
I knew how the company was run and liked the idea of working for a manager I had previously worked for.

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