[Sca-cooks] OOP: What are they teaching are kids?

Kingstaste kingstaste at comcast.net
Sat Jan 2 20:03:18 PST 2010

I had to ask the same question when a friend's daughter that is just about
finished with 2 years of Culinary School was at my house and the Food
Network was on.  Whatever the program was (I believe it might have been a
Good Eats rerun) they were poaching an egg, and she says "I've never seen a
poached egg before."  I started questioning her, and sure enough, not only
had she never poached an egg, but in two years of school they had not
covered egg cookery (she had scrambled eggs), breakfast cooking, or even the
factoid about the folds in the chef's hat being indicative of the number of
ways one could cook an egg.  I told her that her father should go and demand
his tuition money back!
Why, in my day, we were poaching eggs before the sun came up every morning!
These kids today, with their fancy gadgets and sous vides, they just don't
know the classics....

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Subject: [Sca-cooks] OOP: What are they teaching are kids?

Many of you may know that my eldest son and two of his best friends are in
their second year in the culinary arts program at the county vocational
school. So I like to get them involved when I'm cooking at home to see what
they can teach me from their school and what I can teach them.

Yesterday I hosted my annual "Game Day" party which I like to just have the
food be a variety of finger foods. Inspired by pairing some pancakes with
cranberry sauce and lemon yogurt as a means to use up leftovers, I thought
to use the little baked filo pastry shells and fill them with a layer of
cranberry sauce that I had made for Christmas and top it off with a freshly
made lemon curd. So I ask my son's friend to zest two lemons for me in order
to make the curd, something he's not done before. So once he was done with
the zesting, he asked me how he had done. I looked at the plate of zest and
said "Great". I went to take care of something else for a moment and when I
went to grab the plate of zest, all the zest was gone. I asked my son's
friend "What happened to the zest?" He replied "I threw it away".  And sure
enough, there it was in the garbage. He thought That I was just looking to
have the lemon itself without the zest not knowing that it was the
 zest I was looking for (as well as the juice).

So... I just wonder exactly what they are teaching those kids in that
culinary arts program as they are now into their second year.

I had a good laugh, and luckily more lemons... So he went back to the job of
zesting the lemons.

 Euriol of Lothian, OP
Clerk, Order of the Pelican, Kingdom of Æthelmearc
Chronicler, Barony of Endless Hills

"I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was
service. I acted and behold, service was joy."
-Robindranath Tagore, Poet/Playwright/Essayist 1913 Nobel Prize for

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