Well I'm inn Highschool and I take a culinary arts class,and its a disappointment. The kitchen isnt a commercial like kitchen its just a home Ec room with a bunch of small kitchens in it. The whole year we hvae bee learning about US regions New England Midwest and such,but alls we do is find a recipe and make it. The kids in my Class have no knife skills and act like idiots in class they dont even know what a mirepox is and the teacher didnt even know the difference between rosemary and sage. They dont know how to dice an onion properly yet alone cut at all. We are now working with international Cuisine and every student (5) has to choose a Country and I have France. We have to make dishes from that country and we also have to type an essay about it. Some of the essay Questions are
- Describe the schooling the country has
- Describe the religious Beliefs
- Describe the countries house hold practices
That pissed me off what does that have to do with food?? we have 3 different teachers and ones a student teacher ad she says we have to do the same thing in College. I think this is BS I asked if I could make a liver Pate since thats popular in France and she said no they wouldnt want to eat that.
I told her its not about what they want to eat its about the experience and about the region. I told her if A CHEF WERE TO HIRE ME I DONT THINK THEY WOULD ASK ME IF I KNEW WHICH STATES WERE IN THE MIDWEST. She has some points but we arnt learning how to be better cooks
I'm 17 and work at a hotel as a cook please correct me if I'm wrong,but I dont think learning about the countries background a beliefs has anything todo with Culinary arts.
If there are any High school Culinary Teachers here please tell me your Curriculum