Kings CEO Teaches Cooking Classes

PARSIPPANY, N.J. — Kings Super Markets' president and CEO Judy Spires, at right, cooked up meal solutions at Kings' flagship store in Short Hills, N.J., one afternoon this month.

PARSIPPANY, N.J. Kings Super Markets [3]' president and CEO Judy Spires cooked up meal solutions at Kings' flagship store in Short Hills, N.J., one afternoon this month.

Spires and Caitlin Rogers, the 24-unit chain's corporate executive chef, showed customers how to prepare a meal quickly and easily with totally trimmed meats and poultry offered in all Kings' fresh meat departments.

Spires prepared her own recipe for Santa Fe chicken, using Kings salsa and a Balducci's marinade.

Spires and Rogers, answering customers' individual questions, said they enjoyed the interaction, Kings' training director Jessica Gasser told SN last week. Spires and Rogers are part of a team of 21 "Food Masters" recruited earlier from within the company to participate in the chain's multi-event Dining Solutions for the 21st Century/Experience Food program launched in November.

The team, which includes corporate-level officials, department managers, and full-time and part-time associates ­ has so far participated in nearly 70 daily events at Short Hills. More events are scheduled.