The days have been ticking by quickly, only six weeks until final exams! The past couple of months have been really exciting. We have been spending time learning about each country’s cuisine and historical background. This was the area of the program that I was most excited to learn; which makes sense considering my love of traveling. This was as close to being in each place as I could get… for now!
It was fascinating learning about the different flavor combinations in each cuisine. I was surprised to learn about the influences that different cultures have had on others over time. Our class has come a very far way and has been putting out delicious food. I have been working even more on my plating, as you can see in the crab cake photo above. Here are some photos from different global cuisines.
Asian Dim Sum: Pot Stickers
Class Dinner & Critique
Spinach Salad w/ Apples, Walnuts & Balsamic Reduction
Seared Scallops w/ Duchesse Potatoes
Oeufs a la Neige w/ Spun Sugar
Bri & Eric preparing table-side Ceasar Dressing
Looking back at these photos is reminding me of the ungodly amounts of food we eat on a daily basis; I did recently get a gym membership though! We are in the final stretch of our program, our final “System of Creation” day is on Feburary 15th. I was selected to be the Executive Chef for it, which was a huge honor! I am really excited and have been working on an unbeatable menu; I will share photos and recipes with you all after it is done! After finals, we go on our Farm-to-Table experience for three weeks! After that we have some weeks of classroom work, including wine academy, entrepreneurship and career development. Stay tuned for another update and wish me luck for the Basque Stage!!!! I find out Feburary 1st, read about the restaurant, Xarma, and go tell them why I deserve to win on their post here! You guys are the best!
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