From making steaks to vegetable broths to making sorbets and lemon tarts, from quartering a chicken to making sushi and using delicate, aromatic, and fresh ingredients like caviar, rosemary, saffron, and much more. Culinary arts have taken the world by storm.
Here are the top 10 things you can learn in culinary school.
Read and follow a recipe
You learn how to read and follow a recipe precisely as it is. It is arguably one of the most important things. You not only learn recipes but also able to follow the directions, gather ingredients, and act according to instructions. Chefs often encouraged students to write the recipes in their own words to have a better understanding of what was needed and to be followed. It is important to remember recipes are just guidelines and not necessarily how you make them.
Speed, patience, and confidence
Chefs work under an incredibly tight schedule, thus there isn’t a lot of time to question oneself. Some things solely need time to cook, and pushing the ingredients around in the pan will not help, hence it is better to let it be.
You learn how to quarter and truss a chicken and not only chicken but other meats as well. How to skin and clean those to the bone is a skill every chef should be mindful of.
Learn about the basic ingredients and how they change the flavors. Like butter, a super ingredient that makes things delicious, salt adds flavor, lemon adds freshness, and eggs are just the ingredients that can do anything and everything in the kitchen.
Creativity is a must-learn in culinary school food. This creativity should be presentable and delicious to make the consumers want more and the critics in awe. You learn to make use of what you have in the kitchen and make the best out of it while you have it.
Stuff of kitchen
It teaches you how to improvise on different stuff in a kitchen. Like when you’re making soups, stocks, or sauces, instead of putting the herbs in the pot, you would bundle them up in cheesecloth and tie them to the pots. Thus you wouldn’t have to fish out the cloves, thyme, or bay leaf when you have done cooking.
Selection of tools
You’ll learn how to select a knife set and select the right knife for the job. For a professional cook, the knife is an important kitchen tool. That is why knife skills are among the first things taught in culinary school. You’ll also learn how and when to hone and sharpen your knife. You should clean and hone your knife before or after every heavy use. Your knife set should come with the honing steel— help center the sharp edge of the knife.
Kitchen ethics and customer service
Kitchen ethics and customer service, it is all about not taking anything personally. If a customer complains about minor stuff managing your anger and keeping your head cool will keep the environment stable.
Time management is very crucial to learn in a kitchen. Everyone wants their food to deliver on time. It is road to success.
Culinary school is a whole different world of food spices and flavor. Remember, always be creative and find your true potential.
Here is a short clip about the things you learn in culinary school.