For the second time in 5 months, I’m starting school (part-time).
Dana and I studied Food Security in the fall. It was an amazing course and we both learned a lot (including how to annotate an essay) and are considering taking more soon but I had a chance to take a proper cooking class with my Father and decided to jump at that. The hands=on format was a big part of the appeal – as is the fact that I can’t remember ever having attended a proper cooking class.
My Father and I have enrolled to George Brown College’s school of Hospitality and Culinary arts. The program has more than 25 courses (with an optional certificate that has 3 compulsory courses that you compliment with your choice of 6 others from the list). Participants are required to start with Culinary Arts I (this is what we are starting this evening) which is described as:
“This course is designed to help food enthusiasts develop the fundamental culinary techniques they need to be confident in the modern kitchen. Learn to use commercial kitchen equipment, and study knife skills and safe food handling practices.”
Most of the learning I’ve done in the kitchen has come from:
- Learning from others/ asking questions – especially my parents and friends
- Studying food that is cooked by others (professional and otherwise)
- Experience/ trial and error
I’m really excited to have the opportunity to go back to the fundamentals of cooking and see what ‘holes’ in my foundation exist. I know that my knife skills (of which there is an entire other course) need significant work (mostly in technique) and I expect that to be my biggest challenge at the start. I also know I’m going to need new shoes (as required by the course) and a set of Chef Whites which will feel rather bizarre at first. I’m also looking forward to seeing which pieces of equipment I am missing in my basic chef supplies that they consider fundamental. I’m also really excited to find any major ‘blind spots’ – challenges that I’m having that I don’t even know I’m struggling with!
The biggest excitement of all is getting to study with my Dad.
Wish me luck! I’ll share my lessons as we go!