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Hospitality Conference and Career Fair

San Diego’s hospitality and tourism industries will open its doors to host 525 high school students for the 20th Annual Hospitality Conference and Career Fair on Thursday, Feb. 15.    The conference will be held at Golden Hall, located at 202 C Street, San Diego from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. (PST) The event is designed to prepare and inspire students, who are currently enrolled in hospitality and culinary programs, for future career success in one of San Diego’s fastest growing sectors.  

“This Conference put me on the path to success.  It taught me not to be afraid of failure and gave me the confidence to turn my dreams into a reality.   At the age of 24, I am proud to say I have already worked for some of the top leading hotels and restaurants, including the J.W. Marriott in Dubai, and currently as a line-chef at Mr. A’s. I am extremely grateful to be one of the Conference’s spokespersons.  I am looking forward to inspiring and preparing these young adults to become the next generation of San Diego’s hospitality leaders," said Michael Rubalcava, Conference Alum  & Future Restaurant Owner. 

The conference is sponsored and organized by San Diego County Chapter- California Restaurant Association , SDG&E, San Diego Unified School District, and San Diego Hotel- Motel Association.

Students & Special Guest Speaker

Students from e3 Civic, El Cajon Valley, Garfield, Granite Hills, Hilltop, Hoover, IDEA Center, Kitchens for Good, Madison, Mira Mesa, Morse, Mount Miguel, San Diego, San Diego Center for Children, San Diego Job Corp and Valhalla will participate in the one- day job shadow initiative.   The event will kick-off with inspirational guest speaker, Claudia Sandoval, the winner of reality TV cooking competition MasterChef.   Then students will break into groups for a “behind-the-scenes” tour at the following hotels, restaurants and local hot spots: 

Participating Hotels, Restaurants, & Tourism Hot Spots 

Coronado Island Marriott, Donovan’s Steak & Chop House, Grand Hyatt, Hilton Harbor Island, Hilton San Diego Gaslamp, Hornblower Cruises & Events, Hotel Del Coronado, Il Fornaio, Lou & Mickey’s, McCormick and Schmick’s, Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, Marriott Marquis San Diego, Miguel’s Cocina, Omni Hotel, Rei do Gado, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, The Cheesecake Factory, The Fish Market, Tom Ham’s Lighthouse, US Grant Hotel, Water Grill and Wyndham.


Career Fair

Students will also visit the Career Fair to interview and fill out job applications for summer employment with some of San Diego’s top hospitality and tourism companies.  The students will have a chance to visit with local universities and colleges to learn more about educational paths in the dynamic and fast-growing industry.  Junior Achievement (JA), a nonprofit that teaches students work-readiness skills, will also be a part of the Career Fair, to help students learn how to write a resume and practice interviewing techniques.

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