Week 1-3 of school in review

School has been coming along quite well. This is a short quarter for me, it's only 6 weeks long. You'd think we wouldn't get into "too much" because of that... HA! Yeah right! This chef instructor that I have may be the strict-est, mean-est, crazy-est one I'm ever going to have. I'll let you in on some of the "rules" of his class.

1 - If you're late to class you peel potatoes for 6 hours
2 - If you're not in complete uniform, and ready to begin right at 6p, you wash and clean the entire kitchen for 6 hours.
3 - There is NO MAKE-UP work ever, and once an assignment has passed, there's no way to ever turn it in.... basically your S-O-L if you're absent.

Even if you break rule 1 or 2, and manage to come into class, you get a "0" for the day and can't make up the points. Since the class is only 6 weeks (5 1/2 if you want to be technical) you've screwed yourself right out of a passing grade.

The first 3 weeks haven't been all bad, I've met some pretty cool people - my first "industry friends!" I met them during the initial orientation (I sat right next to Kim) and now we make up Table #3 in our CUL1125 class. So far we've met blueberry muffins, cream scones, brioche (pictured above - braided), country rolls and some other bread that I've since forgotten about (also pictured above - dusted with flour).

As someone who "bakes" often I must say that the classroom kitchen is pretty intimidating. I mean, there's 4 different types of stoves, 3 refrigerators, a proofer (who knew), 5 sinks, blah blah blah. Add to the fact that my instructor is CRAZY and it only makes it much more intense.

Yes Chef!


shizuokagourmet said...

Greetings from Shizuoka, Japan!
I'v never been to cooking school as I was lucky to be born in Bourgogne in a family bent on cooking all the time.
One of may brothers holds his own restaurant there and my father (83) still cooks!
But I do not worry too much as cooking is a work of love and you will be so happy to learn in a few weeks whta it takes years for other people!
In Japanese "go for it!" is "ganbatte!".

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