Junior chefs from the Education Alliance Boys & Girls Club had the opportunity to grill burgers and hand spin shakes with Johnny Rockets’ executives at the School of the Future in Manhattan. The after-school program coincided with Johnny Rockets’ grand opening of its new restaurant at One Penn Plaza. A $5,000 check was presented to representatives from the New York Education Alliance Boys & Girls Club to support after-school programming.
Thirty students from the middle school gathered in the cafeteria that was transformed into a mini kitchen with grills and shake machines. The junior chefs enjoyed building their burgers and topping shakes as well as creating art from ketchup.
Chef Calvin Harris, Johnny Rockets’ Director of Culinary Innovation, shared tips on how the boys and girls could help out in the kitchen at home.
The students received junior chef hats, T-shirts with the saying Stay Original – Johnny Rockets’ tag line commemorating the brand’s 30-year history of serving its Original, fresh, never frozen 100% beef burgers. Stay Original also imparts to the students the importance of individuality. In addition, the junior chefs received gift cards and individual instant photos placed in a card that read Stay Original.
Johnny Rockets is an international restaurant franchise that offers high quality, innovative menu items including fresh, never frozen 100% beef cooked-to-order hamburgers, Veggie Boca burger, chicken sandwiches, crispy fries and rich, delicious hand-spun shakes and malts. This dynamic lifestyle brand offers friendly service and upbeat music contributing to the chain’s signature atmosphere of relaxed, casual fun. Founded in 1986, Johnny Rockets operates more than 380 franchise and corporate locations in 30 countries around the world. For more information, visit www.johnnyrockets.com.
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