SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The music, the menus, the flowers, the fine touches, this doesn’t look like a school cafeteria.

Appetizers? Fancy salads? This is no brown bag food.

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Students served “ants on a log” (peanut butter celery with little raisins), baked potatoes with onions and bacon.

We asked one student about drink pairings.

“Milk, yeah, milk would be a great thing,” he said.

It’s hard to resist, but these kids are eating up the experience of what it’s like to run a high end gourmet dining hot spot as Oak Ridge Elementary in Oak Park becomes The five-star restaurant with fifth graders running the show.

Sacramento top chef Patrick Mulvaney adds the ingredient of expertise.

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What does Mulvaney learn from doing this?

“Well what you learn from the kids is patience, but you learn too, it’s like a reigniting of your excitement,” said Mulvaney.

For some of these children this process has given their imaginations a kick start. They’re starting to think about their future and what they might want to do.

One student said, “you could get to learn how to cook and get a good opportunity to start a business.”

Another student wants to open up a bakery, and another wants a nice fancy restaurant.

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Clearly I’d pay and it’s clear this experience, like the fine ingredients from a perfect meal, will linger, digested and ingested into young minds who got a taste for success.