I just can understand why the young people in my school are so rude, unhappy, and just plain competitive with me? Last semester, I received accolades for my creativity and flavors, but one female student tried replicating my dish and fell flat. Another student made a corn and black bean salsa (yesterday) and seasoned it with just plain lemon juice, little to no salt, and no herbs like cilantro or a jalapeno, or olive oil to soften it. She asked for my opinion and I told her it was a bit on the tart side and she said she likes it like that, so don't ask for my opinion. I left it alone and told her it my only my tastes; not hers. She was let down. Not my fault. My advantage is I've been cooking for over 40 years and just decided to change careers out of a law office and into a professional kitchen.
I could feel the tension. If your equipment doesn't have your name on it, it's stolen. These people cheat on tests, wear scarfs around their heads, carry measuring cups dangling outside of their knife case/roll and use them without washing or sanitizing them, stroll into class any time they deem fit. One girl is late everyday and blames in on traffic. Hey, you know traffic is an issue, get your fat-azz out of bed and leave early. They speak while the instructor is speaking and if you ask the instructor a question, THEY try to answer for him or her. I don't stand for it and I immediately ask them to allow the instructor to give me my answer. Of course, another attitude. I tried to pull the "late everyday student" aside to tell her she needed to brush all the hair she shed hair off of her uniform (which was wrinkled and slightly dirty from no laundering). She ignored me and continued plating shrimp for a catering job. I almost don't care!
Another student thinks she's in charge because she's been stationed on the grill for 7 weeks. She is walking around "checking" on other students. She was only supposed to be assigned on the grill for 1 weeks, but the instructor wants her there. Unfair, because other students do not get rotated. No, they get rotated as servers. An injustice.
This school would be great, if the area was more evolved. The chef/instructor is making this over-the-top French cousine that no one is familiar with such as a duck consomme with julienne swiss chard and a poached egg on top. Who will eat this in the inner-city? Perhaps a Frenchman passing by. Or how about crabcakes (not very tasty) with a chipotle hollandaise? It tasted like smoky mayo. I think a classic hollandaise with the buttery/lemon flavor and some cilantro on it and a spicy chipotle mayo, and a romoulade with an chopped onion/gerkin topping. The chef/instructor also places the coleslaw on the underside of the burger. Said she wants the customer to "see the grill marks". This is so stupid because the bread gets soggy. I suggested the slaw be placed on top of the burger since the bun sits off to the side, but she said no. Oh well. Which explains why our bistro hardly has more than 20 people at a sitting.
I'll be glad when Spring semester starts and I'll be able to be creative again with a different instructor because this woman acts like it is her restaurant and not a school for us to learn. It's a good thing I can cook and know my flavors well because I would be up shhhh't creek like the other students.
I just keep my head in my books, be where I'm supposed to be, execute whatever she wants and it will all be over in about 5 weeks and no more her!
In case you can't tell, I really dislike my school. Without making a pun, my school has no class.