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

Elaine Koogler kiridono at gmail.com
Sun Jan 3 07:12:42 PST 2010

Weird...I believe that, in France, that's a test (poaching an egg) is one of
the tests one has to pass to get out of school!  And...on the recent program
on Bravo, Cooks Academy, that was the test (cooking an egg) to get in!


On Sat, Jan 2, 2010 at 11:03 PM, Kingstaste <kingstaste at comcast.net> wrote:

> 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....
> Christianna
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> Behalf Of Euriol of Lothian
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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
> Literature
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