We will the blood to stop.

Today I completed my second day of Modern Banquets Cookery.  The class has been pretty simple but my performance has been poor.  I will get into the reason behind that some other time.  While prepping bok choi for service today I overheard the brief conversation about blood that really helped lighten my mood. A student... Continue Reading →

Viverito Analysis

Cocky.  Passionate.  Brilliant. My analysis of Chef Viverito in three words. Where do I start.  I don't think I have enjoyed having a teacher as much as Viverito.  I mean my first and forever favorite teacher was middle school english teacher, Christopher Balzano.  He shared many of the same traits as Chef and I think... Continue Reading →

Critical Thinking and Common Sense.

I really enjoyed our first day of lecture in Fish ID.  Chef Viverito has a completely split personality.  As soon as he moves from the kitchen to the classroom he becomes more friendly, relaxed and funny.  Within minutes of beginning lecture he discussed the importance of critical thinking.  After hearing the words critical thinking three... Continue Reading →

Second breakfast

For those of you who are Lord of the Rings fans I am certain that you get this reference.  For those of you who are not, I would recommend you watch the first movie in the Lord of the Rings series to learn about second breakfast.  It is a lengthy movie so be prepared to... Continue Reading →

Best breakfast ever!

This was what was left after my breakfast yesterday.  We were reviewing shell fish and mollusks in Fish ID.  We sampled everything from shrimp to lobster to mussels.  I love seafood and I couldn't have had a better breakfast. When we do our tastings for fish it isn't just an opportunity to eat food.  Our... Continue Reading →


Disciplining yourself to do what you know is right and important, although difficult, is the highroad to pride, self-esteem, and personal satisfaction. -Margaret Thatcher I have been learning so much here at the CIA.  As I have said before, I do not go a day without learning something new and intriguing.  Each day we are... Continue Reading →

Meditation through sharpening.

The great challenge of cooking is to derive deep satisfaction from the mundane. -Thomas Keller Today we had off due to President's Day, so I spent my time sharpening my knives.  This is something that I do on a weekly basis and it can be quite time consuming.  In fact I spent nearly an hour... Continue Reading →

What Fish ID is Really Teaching Me

We are halfway through our Fish Identification and fabrication.  Unfortunately we have missed two days of class due to the ridiculous weather up here in New York.  For those of you who don't know we have had about 32 inches of snow over the course of the past 2 days.  Another interesting fact is that... Continue Reading →

Diving into Fish Fabrication and ID

Tommorow I will be starting a new class.  It will be the Fish Identification and Fabrication class.  The purpose is the same as the Meat ID class.  We will be learning different cuts and products used in the culinary industry that pertain to seafood.  We will be working with several types of popular fish as... Continue Reading →

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