[Sca-cooks] Professional indignation, was: Wow. Robert Irvine exposed
selene at earthlink.net
Wed Feb 20 11:48:59 PST 2008
Christine Seelye-King wrote:
>>> I agree that the word "chef" has become bandied about rather liberally
>>> lately from the meaning of a true chef. Nowadays it seems that
>>> anyone who graduates from the spate of cooking schools that have
>>> sprung up around the country can be called a chef.
> Or not. They call me Chef Selene in the local SCA, despite my
> protestations of lack of paperwork to that effect.
> So where did Irvine buy his cookery degree? I'd love to have a
> five-star pigskin, just for grins and giggles.
> no no No NO NO! Graduating from a training program does NOT make you a chef.
> When I graduated from my apprenticeship, I got a certificate from the Labor
> Dept. saying I was a Certified Cook. My ACF creds stated that I was a
> Certified Culinarian. We've talked about this before, but the CHEF title
> only comes from time, experience, and having the job that carries the title
> and the responsibilities. You can get certified as a Chef, but only after
> putting in a set amount of time holding that title among other requirements.
> I tell kids going into or soon-to-come-out-of culinary schools all the time
> that they will NOT be a chef when they come out, they will just be ready to
> start learning. (Especially culinary schools, at least apprentices get the
> benefit of real-world work knowledge!)
OK, who actually certifies one as a "Chef" anyway? Is it an advanced
degree of the culinary schools? Granted after grad work and
"internships" and "residencies" like a medical doctor? I want to know.
> I've had several people in the academic field tell me I should just go ahead
> and buy myself a Bachelor's Degree from somewhere, but I have always thought
> it seemed wrong, someone somewhere would find out (hello? Mr. Irvine?). But
> buying a culinary degree sticks in my craw even worse! LOL (I know you were
> joking, Selene, at least I hope so!)
Yes, I'm kidding.
> What will we think of next - buying a
> Peerage? (I have two, maybe I could sell one....NOT) Oh, wait, Irvine just
> went ahead and claimed his Knighthood, so no purchase is necessary, I guess.
European peerage titles can be bought. The SCA, not so much. Happily.
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