Fall of 2009 I was a Graduate student at Chapman University and looking for a part-time job - I had no idea that my job application would actually change the entire trajectory of my life and my career.
I was hired as a Host at King’s Fish House Orange in October of 2009 - I had hosted before and done retail customer service, but King’s was a whole new ballgame. The level of commitment in each area of the restaurant was like nothing I had ever seen before. I had never been so well-trained, never had the support system of dedicated managers, and never worked with crewmembers who were all working toward the same goal of a Guest-First environment.
I was HOOKED!
From day one King’s has been a place of opportunity. I didn’t have plans to stay in this industry long-term- I was more than halfway to being a teacher! - but I had fantastic training and a great team of managers who saw potential in me. Soon I was a Server and then a Bartender and a Trainer for three positions. And I never looked back. In the Fall of 2017 I was given the opportunity to become a Front of House Supervisor, and by Summer 2018 I was in training to be a Restaurant Manager.
As a crewmember, I helped train and re-open King’s Fish House Laguna Hills and King’s Fish House Orange, and as a Manager I have re-opened King’s Fish House Calabasas and King’s Fish House Carlsbad. This year has seen the most amazing opportunity for me, opening our brand new King’s Fish House in San Jose. Almost ELEVEN years later in a career that started as a part-time job.
It is easy to be proud to work for a company that is wholly dedicated to taking care of people. Our Guests are everything to us, but we are also nothing without our Crew. I am most proud of King’s commitment to their Crewmembers - from hiring, to training and education, to promotion - King’s sets each Crewmember up to excel. King’s treats Crewmembers like family and it’s a wonderful feeling to have a team that whole-heartedly supports your success and growth. I cannot wait for the years to come.
Marinna Wilkinson – Restaurant Manager, King’s Fish House San Jose