We all know teenagers who procured a fake ID so they can drink before reaching the magic age of 21. But how about a 12-year-old who lied about his age so he could work in a kitchen before reaching the age of 16. That 12-year-old is now a 28-year-old talented chef, Jeremy Chandler. Born in California and raised in New Jersey, he spent four years at an eco-resort in the Caribbean before being called to return to the West Coast. Now after completing a year in the Public School 702 kitchen in Downtown Summerlin his hard work has been rewarded and he has been promoted to Sous Chef.

Chef Jeremy says he likes the approach of Public School in offering “super approachable food in an inviting, welcoming ambience.” Chef Jeremy is also proud of the fact that 90-95% of the menu is made from scratch in-house, including the pizza dough. He went on to add, “I love the atmosphere here and how our menu has chef-inspired comfort food in which we can introduce ingredients some may not be used to.”

Case in point is an item new to the menu: Swordfish Ban Mi Sandwich, made with the white fish marinated for 24 hours in teriyaki and served with a mix of cabbage, carrots, basil, lemongrass, mint, cilantro and a sweet Thai chili sauce.

Another new menu item is not so new. The Eggs Benedict Pizza had been on the brunch menu, but was so popular and requested so often that it has now graduated to the full-time menu. After tasting it I can see why, for toppings of Brussels sprout leaves, Grana Padana cheese, prosciutto, hollandaise, a touch of horseradish and cayenne and two fried eggs make the difference between creating a good pizza or a great one.

Although Public School is known for their well-crafted beer selection, with unique locally-brewed beers such as Bad Beat Morning Payoff Imperial Breakfast Stout and CraftHaus Citrone Gose, its Craft Cocktail menu also makes the grade. New A+ creations include the Sage Advice with a house-made sage syrup, Anchor Junipero Gin, lemon juice, grapefruit juice and Crème de Violette; and Winter Break with spiced rum, egg white, maple syrup, cinnamon and whipping cream.

Make it a point to make your way to Public School 702 at Downtown Summerlin to meet Chef Jeremy and be ‘schooled’ on the comfortable atmosphere and very approachable ‘educational’ menu.