July 2, 2013

By Stacy Hoelting, Culinary Arts Student

One of the most prominent curiosities I had about attending culinary school was what it would be like and what I would be doing all day while at class. I had absolutely no idea what I would be doing for six hours everyday, aside from cooking, of course. What were the details? How would I know what I would be cooking? Will the Chef Instructor lecture in a classroom setting?

Many of these questions were answered when I had my shadow day, but still, a few of my questions were unanswered. What I really needed was for a student to walk me through a typical day.

So, for any prospective students out there who are happening to stumble upon this blog, here it is. First of all, each student is required to read and write down all recipes assigned to be prepared by the class. This is to be done the night before the day the recipes are to be made into delicious dishes. Each student is expected to arrive to class at least fifteen minutes prior to the start of class to assure proper preparation. Usually, before the class enters the kitchen, there is about an hour lecture time by the Chef Instructor covering the recipes for the day. Afterwards, the class spends about four hours in the kitchen preparing the meal that the class then enjoys. Following “family meal,” the class thoroughly cleans the kitchen, does the dishes, and debriefs to discuss the day’s production and the following day’s schedule.

It is really amazing how fast the class time goes by. I actually wish that class times were longer because the lecture material is so interesting, but always short, sweet, and to the point. There is such a vast amount of material to learn in the culinary arts, that enough is never enough.