[Sca-cooks] Choosing a Cook, was Cooking and Serving Equipment

Carol Smith eskesmith at hotmail.com
Sun Feb 24 15:45:57 PST 2008

Here in Ostgardr, we do not allow anyone to autocrat or head cook until they have assisted at several events, and even then, we encourage them to have an experienced co-autocrat or head cook.
PS.  Even experienced cooks have bad days; it was my butt Phil saved.

Date: Sat 23 Feb 2008 12:00:15 -0700> From: smcclune at earthlink.net> To: sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Choosing a Cook, was Cooking and Serving Equipment> > Aldyth wrote:> > "What made me laugh about the whole thing was that our group is having > an event in April autocrated by a self proclaimed wonderful cook. And > since she made the local cooks guild mad at her she outsourced the feast."> > Acually ... I feel obliged to set the record straight here ... The cook > to whom she "outsourced" the feast (and in this case, "outsourced" means > from another SCA group, not from outside the SCA) has been actively > seeking opportunities to cook a feast, so it's quite possible that he > sought out the autocrat rather than vice versa. (He's very > enthusiastic). He has also done cooking for events in that shire > before, so it's not like he was a straight-out-of-the-blue choice. He's > a good friend of mine, and I've been consulting with him about the feast > -- it sounds like it's going to be very tasty!> > The members of your Cooks Guild should not feel obligated in any way to > lend out their personal equipment if they choose not to do so. I've got > a stash of equipment of my own, and I'm fairly selective about who I > lend it out to. I'm not as worried about the pots and pans that I got > for $6 apiece, but the roasters only go out to people whom I know are > trustworthy. The good knives only go out if I'm actually working in the > kitchen, and the Mandoline Of Death no longer goes out of the house at > all (having sent someone to the emergency room last time it was used)! > > In this particular case, the feast cook will be borrowing some serving > equipment from me; he may also borrow some from our barony's supplies. > Our barony has a decent amount of equipment, though we could use more in > the way of serving gear; most of it was either donated or purchased by > the barony after discussion at Baronial meetings. Our Cook's Guild also > has some equipment, which as I understand it is not part of the Barony's > equipment. > > But Aldyth's posting does bring up an interesting question: One thing > I've often heard is, "I'm not part of the local cooks guild, so I didn't > think I was allowed to cook a feast." Do any groups out there actually > have such requirements? Should there be such a requirement?> > Our group has no such requirement, but I have heard it said more than > once that we do. That distresses me, because I don't like to think that > people who would otherwise be willing to volunteer are hanging back > because of some perceived prerequisite. On a gut level, I'd really > rather not see someone cook a large and high-profile feast (such as > Crown Tournament or Twelfth Night) as their first feast, but for a > smaller feast, I'd be less concerned.> > How do other people feel about this?> > Arwen Southernwood> Caerthe, Outlands> (Denver, CO)> _______________________________________________> Sca-cooks mailing list> Sca-cooks at lists.ansteorra.org> http://lists.ansteorra.org/listinfo.cgi/sca-cooks-ansteorra.org

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