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Mayo’s Clinics: Building a Community in the Classroom

Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:38

By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT

fredmayoEncourage students to use each other’s names and pronounce them correctly, and you will honor students and foster a community of learners.

Last month, we discussed getting students involved; this month, we will focus on building community in the classroom. Since the learning process is facilitated by an environment where students feel safe and honored as learners, creating a community is an important task for teachers.

Front of House: In Defense of Service—a Time to Refocus Our Teachings

Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:31

By Audrey Heckwolf

chef_jan10Why is what consumers experience much closer to ordinary than extraordinary? Are we to blame as educators?

For the past 10 years I have made my living as a chef. As a chef, I need to advocate for the importance to possess the ability to provide excellent service more than expected. Too many chefs fail to understand that service is certainly as important—maybe even more important—than delicious food.

Green Tomato: Join the Competition for the 2010 CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award

Saturday, 30 January 2010 11:21

By Christopher Koetke, CEC, CCE

greentomato1Deadline to submit efforts in sustainable/green practices that have affected the curriculum is April 1, postmarked.

As we begin 2010 and a traditional time of renewal, CAFÉ and Kendall College are looking forward to presenting the second-annual CAFÉ/Kendall Green Award. One deserving culinary program will receive recognition for its sustainability efforts plus $1,000—proving that sustainability pays!

Guest Speaker: Fork-Tender/Tough Love and the Zen of Classroom Management

Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:09

By Victor J. McNulty

guest_jan10To the ACCSC’s Instructor of the Year, a bad student is any good teacher’s job. The trick is to inspire the uninspired.

Gordon Ramsay aside, the days of screaming chefs ruling with an iron fist over the kitchen kingdom has pretty much ended, in the U.S., anyway. We now live in a litigious/PC society where such behavior can get you into hot water, pun intended. If the chef should raise his or her voice, throw an item or mention an employee’s questionable upbringing, the ensuing results would not be worth the momentary satisfaction.

Most people are not motivated negatively, or at least not motivated to please their aggressor. They may even be driven to quit, steal, complain to a superior, vandalize, contact agencies like the Department of Labor and the Better Business Bureau, fist-fight or the crème de la crème (pun fully intended) of contacting the dreaded harassment lawyer. I’ve seen all the above.

Spendlove to Lead ACF Commission on Certification

Thursday, 17 December 2009 11:06

food3_jan10Sullivan University’s Derek Spendlove succeeds Guggenmos as chair; rest of commission named.


Derek Spendlove, CEPC, CCE, AAC, baking-and-pastry-arts chair for the National Center for Hospitality Studies (NCHS) at Sullivan University, Louisville, Ky., has been named chair of the American Culinary Federation, Inc. (ACF) Certification Commission and will assume the position’s responsibilities on Jan. 15, 2010. Spendlove will replace current chair Karl J. Guggenmos, AAC, University Dean of Culinary Education, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, R.I., who will remain on the commission as past chair.

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