SANTA MARIA, Calif. — Culinary arts students at Pioneer Valley High School learned how to make Olive Garden’s fettuccine alfredo and the famous Endless Breadsticks with the restaurant’s general manager when he visited the class kitchen.

Superintendent Leonard Rodriguez brought “secret ingredients” into the classroom and taught students how to master sauces to meet Olive Garden standards, the Santa Maria Joint Union school district spokesperson said. Kenny Klein.

“It was a great learning experience having Leonard from Olive Garden,” said Pioneer Valley junior Naomi Navarro.

“He shared his personal experiences and knowledge of the business with us. The fettuccine alfredo was so delicious and it tasted like Olive Garden!”

Rodriguez taste tested each sauce and selected a winner whose sauce was the most similar to Olive Garden in taste, texture and consistency from each class period. He spoke with the students about the cost of waste for Olive Garden.

Olive Garden has partnered with the high school for several years, providing hands-on experience and tours of the restaurant, Klein said.

“We are very fortunate to have Olive Garden as an industry partner,” said Jenn Montanez, Panther-Family Culinary Arts and Consumer Science Professor. “The students really enjoyed this opportunity to meet Leonard and make an Olive Garden recipe.”