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post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Hi everyone! My name is Jen. I am not a trained Chef, but I have spent years in kitchens as a "sneaky student", paying attention to what Chefs do, learning as I go.

Here's the situation...

On Thanksgiving I am volunteering at a local women's and children's shelter. There are two groups, one AM one PM, that will create their own dinner. I am going to be helping them as well as teaching basic knife sharpening and skills, food safety, temps., seasonings, et c..

My question is this-
As trained professionals, to you what would be the most important thing to teach?

Thanks for your time. Regards, Jen
post #2 of 9

Three things:

  • Sanitation
  • Sanitation
  • SANITATION!

 

After that, all is helpful

Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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Chef,
Specialties: MasterCook/RecipeFox; Culinary logistics; Personal Chef; Small restaurant owner; Caterer
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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the reply! Seriously that is what I'm all about. That and quality.
These women, a lot with children, come from dire circumstances. I hope to help empower them, even possibly give them enough skills to get a kitchen job. After all, it is a skill you can take anywhere...
post #4 of 9
You would be surprised to know how many people get sick at home from Thanksgiving dinner.. Pete McCraken is definitely right in this
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
Yeah no kidding. Do you or anyone else in PA find ServSafe in PA scary? I mean really, if you don't know those questions go work in a bank . Or a phone store. Or anywhere but around food.
post #6 of 9
Thread Starter 
What I meant to the pro Chefs is what you would teach them first to give them confidence, something that was taken away from them...
post #7 of 9

First, I'd like to extend my gratitude for what you doing for these women and children on Thanksgiving. I think it a huge part in helping a lot of these people stay positive, especially when they are in the situation they are in.

 

Second, I'd have to agree with Pete. Foremost, sanitation and food saftey are most important. After that, everyone should know how to make a killer, REAL gravy. Not that stuff that says gravy on the can.

 

Again, I think the fact you are donating your time and knowledge on this upcoming holiday is tremendous.

 

 

Cheers, Torrie

post #8 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thanks Torrie! These women are smarter than most people think!!!
I will show them a basic roux on top of everything else for example.
Please tell everyone that there is a shelter in their area. They all need help; even basics help. Professional Chefs please consider your precious little time, even just once a month, to help out at your local charities.
You will be shocked as to what recipes these people have. AWESOME!!!!
post #9 of 9

Unfortunately there is a large stereotype that most people are in shelters, are bums, drug addicts, drunks etc. People dont realize that sometimes, people fall upon some really, really hard times.

 

I am usually super busy with work, but a couple times a year I try and find some time to give to people who really need it. Last year the friday before Easter I bought and cooked an entire dinner for folks at my local bread for life. The look on some of the peoples face was pure amazement. Sometimes the joy that you can bring to people from food, and kindness is better than a paycheck. Thanks again.

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