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In almost 8 months I will be moving to Portland to attend Culinary school, something I have been planning for five years. I have been a kitchen manager at a popular local pizzeria for almost four years now so I have industry experience. I also cook a lot at home and I'm confident I can make some delicious food and have come a long way with my skills but I have SO much to learn.

 

My question is, what can I do to further improve my skills? I basically taught myself at home with books and trial and error because no one in the family ever taught me how to cook. It's not that I want to be a hotshot when I get to school but I would love to win a school award so I can get a really good internship and I feel like I have all this time before school that I should use to practice. What are some personal recommendations of areas I should be focusing on. I know I need to improve my butchering skills but that is something someone will have to show me hands on and not something I feel like I can learn from a book.

 

Sorry that my question is so vague, but any tips including online resources and/or literature would be very well appreciated. Does anyone recommend the Modernist Cuisine?


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post #2 of 9
Youtube is a good resource for videos about butchery, also sysco makes instructional videos about how to butcher various items.

I recommend modernist cuisine, it will teach you an understanding of food product in a much more profound way.
post #3 of 9
Have you thought about picking up a culinary textbook and just working through that? The CIA text is available both new and used on Amazon for not too much money. If you spend the next eight months doing a chapter a month, you'll be in a good position once you start school.

Just out of curiosity, are you going to be attending OCI?
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Yes my plan is to attend OCI, something I have been dreaming of doing for years but have had to get all my ducks in a row. I will definitely check out your recommendation thank you.

post #5 of 9
Awesome. Thinking of going there for their savory program (pastry has been my thing in the past). Hoping you'll report back here with your thoughts and progress!
post #6 of 9

Well, you have two options to further improve your cooking skills. Either by attending proper culinary classes offered near your area or by just learning from books, videos & any tutorials.

The butcher's apprentice : the expert's guide to selecting, preparing, and cooking a world of meat is a great book for learning the butchering skills but yes your concern is also very genuine that that is something someone will have to show you the hands on. If you have proper dedicated time to attend some classes, then it is the best option to enhance your skills. CIA is one of the top culinary schools that provides the practical knowledge at its best.

 

Also, if you are thinking to attend the Oregon Culinary Institute then its a very good choice. Since, it is among the world's best culinary schools in the US. I hope you will come here soon with your improvements.

 

Wish you good luck!

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post #7 of 9
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Thank you again for the advice. Unfortunately I am unable to take any cooking classes what so ever because of my location. This is why I must relocate to start a career and what better place then Portland. I took Morphone's advice and purchased CIA's 'The Professional Chef'. It should be in today I am very excited. I will give video tutorials on beginning butchery a shot. I will be making duck on Christmas and even improving my carving skills will make a difference.

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That's cool. Wish you good luck for the future.

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post #9 of 9
You could also check out some of the online cooking schools such as Rouxbe.com or the America's Test Kitchen online school. Good luck.
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