June 26, 2014

Balancing the Busy Schedule of a Culinary Student And Entrepreneur

By: Leah Eveleigh, Culinary Arts Student & Cutthroat Kitchen Winner

Last week, Brendon & I volunteered as sous chefs in the class room. Our duty is to come in thirty minutes before the class starts to help out the instructor prepare for production that day. Brendon is an 18 year old culinary student who just graduated from high school and immediately set off on his cooking school journey. He’s definitely pursuing his passion of becoming an excellent young chef!

Today (Monday), we fabricated striped bass, prepared a whole salmon for gravlax with salt, sugar, black pepper and herbs, covered the salmon and placed in the fridge for 2 days. It was delicious!

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The end of this week is the practical and written exam and after that, we will be done with our foundations.

Wednesday, in the midst of all my school work, I set off on my contributions in supporting the Colorado Dragon Boat Festival, a well-known event that features one of the best collections of Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Filipino, Indiana, Thai, Vietnamese and every other Asian cuisine you can imagine.

This event is very near and dear to my heart because that’s where I started my catering business. I support the organization whenever I can. The executive director, Erin, and myself were at the Fox31 studio for a food shoot commercial. I go for any opportunity when I get asked to do a cooking demo or to present my cuisine specialty, Asian. This is my world, and I love sharing my passion in any way but especially in front of the camera.

Chef Leah @Fox31 food shoot

The commercial will run on Fox31,Ch2 and many Comcast cross-channel stations from the end of June through July 19th.

Also, if you’re in the Denver area, come and see me at the Culinary Dojo stage at the CDBF, where I can show you how to make some of my favorite dishes.

Stay tuned for more great news and events.