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Chefs Speak Out: Jimmy Schmidt, a Chef for All Seasons

Monday, 05 April 2010 21:37

By Lynn Schwartz

chef_april10Not that long ago, the idea of menuing local, seasonal ingredients was regarded as “stupid.” Now, more and more chefs are following the lead of this pioneer.

As a celebrated chef, restaurateur, food scientist and innovator, Jimmy Schmidt is a culinary renaissance man. Throughout his 30-year career, Schmidt has received numerous awards including the prestigious James Beard award for “Best Chef Midwest.” Schmidt’s success has not been limited to the kitchen. He is a founding board member of Share Our Strength in Denver, organizing the first “Taste of the Nation” benefit in 1987. The event has become the largest national food-related fundraiser. He also founded Chefs Collaborative in 1991, the nation’s leading nonprofit chefs’ organization devoted to fostering a sustainable food system.

Mayo's Clinics: Feedback and Methods for Evaluating Student Work

Monday, 05 April 2010 21:32

By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT

fredmayoProviding clear information about how students will be evaluated helps them demonstrate their knowledge and skills as well as to evaluate themselves and others.

Last month, we discussed accountability and its importance in helping students become better professionals. One of the ways that we can help them develop as professionals is to encourage their thinking about evaluation. This month and next month, we will discuss various aspects of evaluation, something probably on everyone’s mind these days while we are reading papers, lab reports and tests, listening to presentations and judging food preparation and presentations.

Front of House: Service Philosophies, a Foundation for Success

Monday, 05 April 2010 21:23

By Audrey Heckwolf

chef_jan10Why is something so beneficial often overlooked? Encourage your students to develop their own service philosophies that they can use as a guide in their careers.

Here is a riddle: What is the one thing that hugely successful service companies have in common that is often overlooked? Sure, they all have an enormous bank account, excellent branding and a honed business sense, but that is not what got them their success. The answer is an excellent service philosophy.

Guest Speaker: Aspiring Gen Y Cooks Dish on Culinary Trends

Saturday, 27 February 2010 19:55

By Sharon Olson

guest_march10A recent survey of Culinology® students in their 20s and early 30s underscores interest in innovative, green and healthy cooking. What does it all mean for tomorrow’s menus?

Soon-to-be culinary professionals identified as part of Generation Y—the menu-makers of tomorrow—are starting to influence dining trends, from the use of molecular gastronomy to the increasing incorporation of artisan, farmstead and locally produced ingredients.

Mayo’s Clinics: Accountability and Assignments

Friday, 19 February 2010 19:52

By Dr. Fred Mayo, CHE, CHT

fredmayoMany students have difficulty meeting deadlines. As faculty members, we carry different responsibilities in helping them learn from these various situations.

Last month, we discussed building community in the classroom and fostering student comfort. This month, we are focusing on the other side of the coin: helping students practice professionalism by meeting assigned deadlines.

Our Professional Obligation
Although we teach a wide range of subjects, we all share a common goal of helping our students become better professionals—often a big shift for them when they are still adjusting to college and juggling the many responsibilities of college life. As faculty members, we need to help them learn in every way possible to behave and think like professionals since we only have them briefly before they join the professional world. In fact, over the last 20 years, culinary educators have been successful in changing the ways that chefs and other hospitality professionals (1) establish good team work, (2) create civil and cooperative work environments, (3) treat women and members of minority groups with respect and (4) discourage sexual and other types of harassment. Today’s commercial kitchens are very different from what they used to be!