Culinary School

Culinary School: 10 Lessons from a Teaching Kitchen

http://thebandchoice.com/wedding-bands-london I’m two weeks away from finishing my first term at Midwest Culinary Institute. I’ve learned knife skills, cooked eggs, confronted vegetables and wrestled potatoes. But I’ve also learned a few things about surviving in a teaching kitchen. Well, actually I’ve learned ten things. I always thought a good chef was a good cook. Now I […]

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Culinary School: Notes on Flipping an Egg

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Why flipping an egg caused me to break out in a sweat

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Culinary School: Just Enough to be Dangerous

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Cooking school, I imagined, would be like the secret door in Alice and Wonderland. Once inside, the culinary world would reveal itself to me in the form of invaluable tools and techniques — the ones that the Food Network didn’t want me to know because they would make me too powerful. Cooking school, indeed, is […]

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Culinary School: Week 3

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I whisked the egg yolks as if my life depended on it, as if I were one separated mayonnaise away from death. But it’s not that it really mattered if my emulsion broke. If it did, there would be no lighting bolts thrown down at me, Gordon Ramsay would not scream at me standing two […]

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Culinary School: Week 2

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My nephew, Jack, was one when he took his first step and I was lucky enough to be in the room when he did it. I watched the flash of excitement in his eyes and the brilliance of his expression as he forged ahead into the unknown. He didn’t know quite what was ahead of […]

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Culinary School: Week 1

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It took me a moment to absorb the image that was reflecting from the mirror. I was standing in the ladies room at Cincinnati State and was looking at myself for the first time in full uniform. I had known for a year that this moment was coming, yet I couldn’t quite identify the person […]

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Culinary School: An Open Letter to You

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Hey, you! I hope you’ll indulge me today. I don’t like to use this site as a personal diary but I did feel it appropriate to share the news that that my culinary school journey has begun. My morning routine now includes packing a bag with my chef’s jacket, knife kit and text books. I […]

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Culinary School: I Must Be Crazy

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My interest in cooking started innocently. I wanted to prepare simple suppers for my immediate family. But then my interest evolved into a focused, almost obsessive drive to make the best, most technically sound food I could. Prepping Sunday dinner looks pretty much like this picture every week. (I can’t bare to have people plate […]

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Culinary School: One Step Closer

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I just got my acceptance letter to culinary school at Cincinnati State. Not that it’s hard to get in, but it’s official now. No backing out. It’s time to put on those checkered pants and get in line with all the other students. Sometimes, when I close my eyes, I let myself imagine that I’m […]

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