Week 30 of pastry school was pretty full on. After returning from our trip to Italy, we had two projects to complete during the week, including one practical demonstration and one presentation that made up two parts of our supervision unit.
On Monday, we got back in the kitchen for the first time since week 24. We had to teach a recipe in 30 minutes. We were able to do all of the prep work in advance, so it was similar to a tv style demonstration.
Eugene went first and instructed me on making tacos. This dish worked out perfectly since I didn’t bring my lunch to class that day and I love tacos. Eugene, a fellow 30-something American from Denver, just joined our class in March and will be continuing on in the fall with the Culinary Diploma.
Since it was such a limited period of time, I went simple with my dish choice and taught Eugene a Southern staple – deviled eggs. We added a little bacon on top because, well, bacon! 🙂 In order to make it slightly more complicated, I demonstrated how to make an emulsion and we made the mayonnaise from scratch.
The remaining part of the week we were back in the classroom for our presentations. My presentation was on the lamination process. I really enjoyed the laminated products we worked with during the pastry portion of my course. Croissants. Puff Pastry. Danish Pastry. Mmmm.
Since I enjoyed working with laminated doughs so much, I decided to do my training presentation on the process. I gave an overview and history on laminated doughs, walked everyone through the steps in creating the dough, including visuals, and gave culinary examples. At the end of the presentation there was a quiz with prizes to reward those paying close attention!
The final project in this unit was creating an employee training handbook. I had to write a guide to train staff on the business, including hierarchy, performance evaluations and health and safety procedures, including fire code. This unit was a lot more work than I had anticipated and it felt really nice to finish and turn in my 28 page Word doc. 😉