12-year-old's tour of Ardent restaurant led to an internship and soon, a job

May 04, 2018

errance Thomas Jr. comes alive when he talks about food. He spends his spare time thinking about food and cooking, always wanting to know more.

That’s what caught the eye of staff at St. Marcus Lutheran School, 2215 N. Palmer St., where he’s now in eighth grade. While on a trip with classmates, he raved so much about food that school staff set him up to meet James Beard Award finalist Justin Carlisle and tour his east side restaurant, Ardent.

Thomas and Carlisle “clicked” during the meeting, and Thomas was offered an opportunity to intern at the restaurant.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: “12-year-old’s tour of Ardent restaurant led to an internship and soon, a job”

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