My first two days of CULINARY SCHOOL have been ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC!!! GOSH, I just love it here so much!!! I wish I could take a video and put it up here so you could all see the great people I get to be around all day. (I’m actually working on getting some live video stream from our trip cross country and may actually be able to show video from school eventually, but for right now you’ll have to be satisfied with the pictures I paint with words…).
We begin with the Family Meal at 5:45AM. All classes and teachers assemble at massive wooden tables on the third floor of the historic Greystone Cellars Winery. With the clang of a huge gong that’s in the center of the kitchen/dining room, breakfast begins. The gourmet continental breakfast typically includes fresh fruit, assorted pastries (soon baked by yours truly!), breads, jam, jelly, marmalade, yogurt, cereals, and juice, coffee, teas. Not at a bad start! And the great thing is that everyone seems to migrate seats a lot, so you can meet and eat with new people at each meal (that’s right, we get lunch too!!). For example, yesterday Chef Jorin, recent winner of The Gold Cup for the baguette at the Coupe du Monde de la Boulangerie (World Cup of Baking), sat right at our table!! Tres exciting! And I’m sure that there are plenty of other very accomplished chefs in our midst that we’re not even aware of yet! OH, the possibilities!!!
After breakfast the B&P (Baking and Pastry) Students head down to the Simi Room for a few hours of lecture interupted every fourty-five minutes or so with a 10 minute break. (These breaks are a CIA tradition which we are proud to be a part of. Harvard university in conjunction with the CIA did a study on memory trends and learning curves that concluded that these short frequent breaks increase the amount of information students remember). After lecture we have another Family Meal, created by the students in the Advanced Culinary Program. (Oh darn!) You should see this stuff!! (And you will, if I ever get connected to the web again!) Today there was shrimp, andooooleey sausage, dates stuffed with goat cheese, three kinds of salad….I could go on for paragraphs! Every lunch typically has tossed salad with vinaigrette, a protein, such as fish, chicken or red meat, vegetables, starches, such as potatoes, grains, legumes, fresh bread and rolls, and an assortment of desserts provided by the BP students. It’s really quite nice. And then we’re done! And it’s still only 1:30pm, so we’ve got the whole day to go to wineries or the beach (since it’s always hot and sunny!) or what have you. This is the way all colleges should be, I feel.
And tommorrow, the CIA is hosting a special luncheon in the Piano Lounge in celebration of OUR arrival! I don’t mean to brag, but does it GET any better?? I feel a bit like I’m living in Harry Potter’s world–the school looks just like Hogwarts, there are all kinds of Proud Traditions, everyone eats together at big wooden tables, there’s one wisened Chef who looks very similar to Dumbledoor, our professor at the moment (Chef Issac) is constantly talking about The Code (and I quote “Always act with Pride, Honesty, Integrity and you will be that shining star!”), and we heard stories today about the Greystone Ghost. Pictures and more stories coming soon!