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Modern Skills for Modern Chefs

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I’ve been so busy preparing for our latest Modern Skills for Modern Chefs class at the School of Food I haven’t had much time to update the blog! Sorry for the neglect. It’s for a good cause.

In late September, we took on our latest class and, can I say, they are so driven, fun and full of creativity! They’ve started their work placement today, over six-weeks into the course, and so I finally have a minute to let you all know how things are going.

So much is happening right now.

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The course is going really well – the students had their third practical assessment yesterday and we explored the idea of ethnic-inspired cold plates with a large mezze platter. There were a lot of components to the completed platter and I couldn’t be prouder of how well the students pulled it off.

We are incorporating a lot of new ideas and lessons into the course this time around and I’m excited to talk a little bit about this tomorrow at Savour Kilkenny! You’ll find me at the KBC tent at 3:30pm discussing mindfulness, chef burnout, kitchen culture and the chef shortage with a panel of local food professionals. I’m really looking forward to it.

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We’re in the process of getting our Pieta House Amber Flag at the school, which I’m also really excited about. I feel that the necessary change to chef culture needs to start with food education. The chef shortage is caused by many things, but mostly I really think burnout, substance abuse and the general culture surrounding professional kitchens is the main cause. I hope that, by educating our students, they’ll go off into the industry and create change. That’s the hope.

At the farm, things are as crazy as ever. I recently welcomed chef Joshna Maharaj to our home – she’s writing a book on institutionalized food (the stuff we eat in hospitals, universities, etc.) – so I was really happy to show her around Tipperary and my own farm while she was here for Food on the Edge.

That’s all I have time for now! I’ll write a better post later. #

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2 Comments Post a comment
  1. Sharon #

    Ah, now you’re making me hungry! Beautiful pictures.

    October 26, 2018

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