My baking class was one of my favorite classes in school, probably because I did so well in it, that I decided to give it it’s own iPhonetography post instead of lumping it together with other posts. I grew up helping my mom in the kitchen, but my earliest, and most clear, kitchen memories involve baking. My mother is a fantastic baker and I am pretty good, too, if I do say so myself. I already knew many baking basics and recipes, but I also learned a lot in this class. I earned the title “Number One” from my table group in baking because they always came to me with questions (for some reason they wouldn’t call me “captain” or “your majesty”). That worked out quite well since I had to ask them for help in our other classes.
Warning: This post is not for the faint of heart or for those that only enjoy viewing photos of live animals.
You see, after learning how to properly use and care for knives in the beginning of culinary school the classes move on to further the knife skills of the students on ingredients other than potatoes. Not only are there many other vegetables, tubers and fruits to slice and dice in all manner of shapes and sizes, there are also the animals! Meats of all kinds are deconstructed with just the sharp knife and whetted appetite of the crazed culinary student who has been waiting weeks, weeks I tell ya, to cut into and cook something other than potatoes and lemons.
I will be graduating from culinary school in five weeks! Yay! So, for the next five weeks I thought it would be fun to take you through my culinary school career for iPhonetography Fridays. Here are photos from my first class. We didn’t get to actually cook anything until we passed that first class. What we did all day every day was learn all about sanitation, how our taste buds work and are affected by various flavors, we made mayonnaise, and the thing we spent most of our time on was classic knife cuts.