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If You Can Take the Heat, this Kitchen is for You – Careers in Culinary

Posted on April 19th, 2017 by Florida Technical College

The dream of running a kitchen is being pursued by more people nowadays due in part to the popularity of reality TV shows and docu-series about celebrity chefs. However, before you want to open your own restaurant you should attend a culinary school, to get the skills needed. Are you passionate about food and spend lots of your spare time in the kitchen? Are you hyped about learning new cooking techniques and experimenting with ingredients? Do you enjoy hosting dinner parties to showcase your creations? Culinary school might be right for you! Florida Technical College’s Culinary Arts program is the perfect blend of in-class lecture theory and hands-on lab practice. At FTC, we provide the highest quality culinary training to give our students the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the competitive Central Florida tourism industry and beyond. Culinary school is a significant investment of both time and money. It is important to discuss with a family member or someone who has been this path how you’d balance school and personal obligations because to succeed you need to have a good strategy in place. Yet the effort is well worth it. Culinary school will give you knowledge and experience that will make you confident in a professional kitchen. But beware, not all culinary programs are created equal, there are many variations. At FTC’s culinary program we combine both lectures and hands-on experience that will make a difference in your career in the industry. Having hands-on in a real kitchen setting and learning from individuals who have worked in the restaurant and culinary industry, is a big plus. If you choose our program, you’ll learn all the culinary techniques you need to start your career in the food industry. You will also have a convenient and flexible class schedule so that you can balance work and family obligations. With the proper culinary training, you will be ready to work in a diversity of settings, for example, cruise ships, theme parks, resorts and restaurants. Florida Technical College will be there for you on every step of the way, and will help you with your resume and with career placement after graduation. If you want to learn how to cook, FTC can help. For more information or to find out about the culinary program enrollment contact our Kissimmee location. By: Alex Martínez, Culinary Arts Program Director

Top Thanksgiving Recipes – 2016 Edition

Posted on November 17th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

TABLE OF CONTENTS Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes Easy Turkey Recipe Traditional Turkey Recipe Fastest Turkey Recipe Thanksgiving Side Dishes Stuffing Recipes Mac & Cheese Recipes Sweet Potatoes Recipes Brussel Sprouts Recipes Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes Gravy Recipes Cranberry Sauces Recipes Other Fun Side Dishes Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes Pumpkin Pie Recipes Other Dessert Recipes Thanksgiving Preparation Tips The Holidays are here! And Thanksgiving is less than 2 weeks away leaving us all searching for ideas of what to prepare for our family, guests or coworkers at the company potluck.  However, we all know that preparing a Thanksgiving meal is no easy feat and especially if you’re trying to do it on your own! So, that’s where we come in! We’ve searched for the tastiest Thanksgiving recipes and we also have some tips and instructions on how you should tackle this meal and leave everyone wobbling and gobbling for more! Get it? Thanksgiving Turkey Recipes: At your table, this will be the guest of honor! The question is how will it arrive? Roasted, deep-fried, smoked, spatchcocked and the list goes on! Despite the long and elaborate list of options, we decided to go with the most “traditional” way, roasting, as well as the fastest way. There is one thing we need you to keep in mind before you continue reading. You need 3-4 days for your turkey to thaw in the refrigerator before roasting day arrives. So if you’re reading this on or around November 19th, go get your turkey! We’ll be here when you get back! Easy Turkey Recipe: Easy Roast Turkey by Chowhound Easy. Roast. Turkey. Need they say more? We’ve come to agree that this turkey recipe is by far, sweet, easy and to the point. However, leave it up to our chefs at FTC to add a few tips that will help raise the flavor bar just a few notches. Roast a few garlic cloves the night before or the day and spread of them under the skin. When you roast garlic cloves they turn into butter. If you really like garlic, feel free to rub it everywhere!   We all know turkey can taste a bit dry, but it doesn’t have to! If you like your meats to have a bit of a citrusy taste, take the juice of a few oranges and inject the juice into the turkey. If you’re not a huge fan of citrus, buy a nice Italian dressing, yes! Italian dressing has all the desired flavors and when using it for roasting the end result promises to be superb! Traditional Turkey Recipe: Thanksgiving Pioneer-Style Herb Roasted Turkey – By FoodNetwork We don’t think it can get more traditional than “Pioneer-Style”! This delicious creation is by none other than the famous Mr. Bobby Flay! Our FTC chefs give this recipe a five star review! If you have the time and the ingredients, this recipe promises to be flavorful and does not require any altering or figuring out. Can’t get better than that! Fastest Turkey Recipes: Spatchcock Turkey by Ovens.Reviewed Butterfly roast turkey by Seriouseats When we say fastest, we are referring to the cooking time. Depending on the size, a turkey can take hours to cook and making sure it has cooked through properly is always a challenge, especially if you’re a first-timer in the thanksgiving turkey game. So, here is an alternative way for you to still make a delicious turkey, while having it cooked to perfection in HALF the time! Butterfly it! Yes, cut out that backbone and flatten it before roasting! “Spatchcocking Is Still the Fastest, Easiest, Best Way to Roast a Turkey” Thanksgiving Side Dishes: What would the guest of honor be without its entourage? Even though a well-prepared turkey will steal the show, delicious side dishes are necessary additions to its performance. If the different ways of preparing a turkey seemed never-ending, the different sides you can choose from will take the cake! From stuffing to sweet mashed potatoes, to corn and Brussel sprouts, and we can’t forget the cranberry sauce; the list for sides goes on and on, but the plus is that you can go with whatever you like! That’s right, there’s ultimately no right or wrong choice to make on your side dishes. Our FTC chefs decided to choose a few of their favorite Thanksgiving side dish recipes and give you a few different options for each! Stuffing recipes Cornbread stuffing by BudgetSavydiva Chorizo Cornbread Stuffing by Damndelicious Slow Cooker Cranberry pecan Stuffing by Damndelicious Ciabatta stuffing with chestnuts and pancetta recipe by Foodnetwork Mac & Cheese Recipes Macaroni and Cheese Recipe By Foodnetwork The Mac and Cheese recipe by Thatwhichnourishes Macaroni Cheese recipe by Thepioneerwoman Three-Cheese Spaghetti Squash Gratin (non pasta option ) by Chowhound Sweet potatoes Recipes Sweet and Spicy Sweet Potato Bake  by Food.com Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes with Browned Butter and Toasted Marshmallows by AllRecipes Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes by FoodNetwork Garlic Butter Smashed Sweet Potatoes with Parmesan by Cafedelites  Brussel Sprouts Recipes Roasted Brussels sprouts Recipe by Foodnetwork Quick Brussels and Bacon Recipe by AllRecipes Balsamic Roasted Brussels Sprouts by Eat Yourself Skinny Gravy and Cranberry Sauces Recipes  Gravy Recipes: Caramelized Onion Gravy Recipe By Ohmyveggies Homemade Turkey Gravy by Whatsgabycooking The Best Turkey Gravy Recipe By Momontimeout Make ahead Turkey Thanksgiving Gravy by Noblepig Want to combine Brussel sprouts and sweet potatoes? Here you go: Sweet Potatoes and Brussel Sprouts recipe by TheFoodCharlatan Cranberry Sauces Recipes: How to make a cranberry sauce: the Basics by Chowhound Orange Amaretto Cranberry Sauce by The Farmgirlgabs Cranberry Sauce Recipe By Food Network Cranberry Sauce Recipe by Allrecipes.com Other fun (not as traditional) side dishes: Easy Pumpkin Pasties Recipe by Popsugar Sausage and Stuffing Balls with Cranberry Dipping Sauce by I should be mopping the floor Cranberry Brie Crostini By Neighborfood Blog Brie Baked Cheese Appetizer By Growingupbagel Spinach Puffs By Deliciouslydeclassified Sweet and Spicy Sausage stuffed mushrooms By Thesuburbansoapbox Thanksgiving Dessert Recipes:  Pumpkin Pie Recipes Classic Pumpkin Pie By Foodnessgracious Apple Pie By Audrey’s Apron […]

Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School

Posted on April 30th, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Important Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School With a passion for food and a desire to finally start a career you can get excited about, you’re ready to go to culinary school and start out on a new path… To become a cook or chef, without working your way up from dishwasher, you need to get hands-on training in the kitchen. Florida Technical College offers a culinary arts diploma that teaches all the skills needed to land a lucrative and rewarding restaurant career or to be an entrepreneur and start a food business. As you make the important decision to pursue the education that will allow you to follow your dreams, make sure you ask these crucial questions before picking a culinary school: Is there a campus near me? There’s not much point in getting excited about a culinary program if it isn’t in a location that works for you. You need to make sure you can get to your classes because this isn’t a subject you can learn online or from a distance. FTC is conveniently located in Kissimmee, Florida. Is the culinary school near a thriving food scene? If you’re going to train in the food industry, you want to make sure you not only have a great school to attend, but also a nearby world-class culinary destination. Your experience with food extends into the community, and so do your job opportunities. In Central Florida, you have access to the great restaurants of Orlando, and the surrounding areas. Will I get hands-on training? A culinary education is all about skills. This isn’t book learning, and to get the training you need to land a job in a kitchen, you need to learn in a hands-on environment. You want to know that your classroom will be a modern, up-to-date kitchen, which is exactly what you get at FTC. Who will be teaching me the culinary arts? A program for culinary training should include instructors who have worked in real kitchens, not just good teachers. You want to learn from the best and from the people who know, first-hand, what it’s like to work in a kitchen. They can train you to be prepared for actual, real-world culinary experiences. Can I get financial aid? Getting an education isn’t free, so make sure you find out if the school you choose offers assistance with financial aid. A culinary education is an investment, but if you don’t have the money to spend now, you’ll never get your career off the ground. Financial aid can put you in the position to get your education, so you can pursue your dream job. Going to culinary school may be your dream, but it shouldn’t be a decision you make lightly. Ask these important questions, and any others that you have, before making your choice. To get all the information you need to decide on a culinary program, contact Florida Technical College today.   RELATED ARTICLES : 5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Learn to Create Delightful Desserts & Earn the Pastry Chef Title

Love To Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program

Posted on April 1st, 2016 by Florida Technical College

Love To Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Do you have a natural knack when it comes to whipping up delicious meals in the kitchen? Are you someone who has always enjoyed cooking but has never considered it a viable career? Have you always wondered what it might be like to be a professional chef? If so, then enrolling in a culinary program might be right up your alley! Teaching you the fundamental art of cooking along with classic and modern culinary techniques, culinary school can give you the tools you need to succeed. Still not sure if culinary school is right for you? Check out these 5 reasons why you might want to consider enrollment today.   1.) Master the Tricks of the Trade First and foremost, going to culinary school can help you master the tricks of the trade, or in other words, the techniques that will be necessary in the kitchen to help you succeed. In fact, during culinary school you can expect to learn how to prepare international recipes, serve customers and even organize a dining room. At Florida Technical College, you will even be able to put your skills to the test at our very own “Zazon Café” which is open to the public.   2.) Travel the World The benefits of enrolling in a culinary program don’t end there. In addition to helping you master the tricks of the trade, you’ll also have the opportunity to travel the world if you choose. Whether you dream of working on a cruise ship, hotel, or even a restaurant across the world, with a background in professional culinary techniques, you’ll be able to take your skills on the go. Stay at home or head across the globe, it’s up to you!   3.) Become Your Own Boss Does being your own boss sound like a dream come true? Luckily, culinary professionals have no problem becoming independent professionals. After all, whether you choose to work as a private chef or even open your own restaurant, as a professional chef you’ll have the opportunity to become completely self-employed.   4.) Enjoy a Competitive Salary Earning an average pay of around $41,000 annually, professional chefs are able to enjoy a highly competitive salary. While estimates can vary by location as well as by experience, completing a culinary program will give you a competitive edge when it comes to seeking employment. If you’re looking for a career that will enable you to earn a comfortable living, rest assured that completing culinary school could be just what you need to take that next step forward.   5.) Learning Beyond the Classroom Going to culinary school enables you to not only develop an employable skill but a skill that you will use for the rest of your life. After all, just consider how many times you cook. If you’re like a lot of people, probably more often than you can even count! As a chef, you’ll develop culinary techniques that you will be able to take with you wherever you go. Whether it’s perfecting the Christmas roast or treating your loved ones to a delicious home cooked meal, as a chef, you can rest easy in knowing that your learning goes beyond the classroom. If you have a passion for cooking, there has never been a better time to consider enrolling in a culinary program. Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Florida Technical College can help you make your culinary dreams a reality. Whether you are ready to enroll today, or would simply like to learn more about the culinary program at FTC be sure to click the link below. Request Information RELATED ARTICLES: Questions to Ask When Choosing a Culinary School Learn to Create Delightful Desserts & Earn the Pastry Chef Title School for Culinary Arts

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors

Posted on March 23rd, 2016 by Florida Technical College

5 Potential Career Paths For Culinary Majors Wondering what going to culinary school could do for you?   Well, to put it simply, enrolling in a culinary program can provide an outstanding number of benefits. In fact, not only can you expect to master numerous culinary techniques, you’ll also be prepared to seek employment from a diverse range of employers. Whether you dream of being a private chef or managing a kitchen, there are countless avenues to explore with a background in culinary. Curious as to what specific opportunities might be ahead once you complete a culinary program? Check out these 5 potential career paths.   1.) Hospitality Chef Frequently employed by hotels, resorts, and cruise ships, countless chefs choose to work in the hospitality industry. Often tasked with managing kitchen staff, orders, meal prep, and more, working as a chef in the hospitality industry means that you’ll have the opportunity to prepare dishes for a wide range of pallets. Better yet, if you have the travel bug, working as a cruise line chef will enable you to literally set sail on your new career!   2.) Restaurant Owner Has owning your own restaurant always been a dream of yours? If so, going to culinary school might just be the answer you’ve been searching for. Covering topics such as menu design, sterilization, hazard prevention, serving tables, along with classic culinary techniques, completing a culinary arts program can help you master the fundamental essentials to becoming a culinary expert. Whether you plan on owning a five-star restaurant or a simple burger shack, a background in culinary arts can give you just what you need to get started.   3.) Caterer Did you know that a culinary arts degree also prepares you for a career in catering? Working as part of a team to prepare food for events such as weddings, galas, receptions, conferences, and much more, caterers specialize in a wide variety of outlets. Often tasked with prepping food in advance, caterers commonly take care of meal preparation as well as presentation.   4.) Private Chef Prefer working in a small team compared to a large organization? Private chefs work in an incredibly diverse range of environments. From private yachts to summer homes to even personal households, private chefs enjoy a tremendous amount of variety in their work Employed by multiple individuals or sometimes only a single individual, private chefs often are in charge of tasks such as meal preparation and cooking.   5.) Pastry Chef Do you consider yourself to be a baker or enjoy baking? If so, becoming a pastry chef could be an ideal career path. Specializing in making desserts such as cakes and pastries, pastry chefs work in a variety of outlets. From hotels to hospitals to even private bakeries, pastry chefs are able to take advantage of a wide range of career opportunities. If you’re looking to indulge in a career that is as truly sweet as it sounds, pursuing a culinary arts degree could be just what you need to fulfill your pastry chef dreams.   Ready to find out how you could enroll in a culinary arts program today? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Fully accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the American Culinary Federation Education Foundation (ACFEF), Florida Technical College is here to help you succeed.                                RELATED ARTICLES: School for Culinary Arts Love to Cook? 5 Reasons To Consider Enrolling In A Culinary Program Careers in Culinary Arts

Holiday recipes that will make you Gobble till you Wobble!

Posted on November 16th, 2015 by Florida Technical College

It’s the holiday season, a time of presents, family and more importantly eating until we enter food comas. During this time of roasted ham, turkey, chicken and all sorts of traditional dishes, it is important and crucial to not neglect the sides. Let’s go beyond the green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce. The Culinary Program at Florida Technical College is here to brighten your dishes with holiday yumminess and cheer. Here is a list of some knock-your-holiday-socks-off, side dish recipes that will be sure to impress even the grumpiest scrooge this holiday season: Loaded mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes always have and will be a staple of all holiday dinners. If you thought that the buttery carbs couldn’t get better, think again! Serve this at your next holiday dinner and your family will have a new holiday favorite. Ingredients • 5 pounds potatoes, peeled and cubed • 3/4 cup sour cream • 1/2 cup milk • 3 tablespoons butter • Salt and pepper to taste • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese blend, divided • 1/2 pound sliced bacon, cooked and crumbled • 3 green onions, sliced Directions 1. Place potatoes in a Dutch oven with water and cover. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and place in a large bowl. Add the sour cream, milk, butter, salt and pepper. Beat on medium-low speed until light and fluffy. Stir in 2 cups cheese, bacon and onions. 2. Transfer to a greased 3-qt. baking dish. Top with remaining cheese. Bake uncovered, at 350° for 30 minutes or until cheese is completely melted. Yields: 14 servings. Bacon, Onion and Rye Bread Stuffing Stuffing is Thanksgiving’s overall theme. We stuff ourselves with stuffing that we used to stuff our turkey. Stuffing can either be the favorite at a dinner or a neglected side. This bacon, onion and rye bread stuffing is sure to be a crowd favorite. Ingredients • One 9-inch-long loaf seeded rye bread, cut into 1-inch cubes • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 large sweet onion, such as Vidalia, halved and thinly sliced • 1 celery rib, cut into 1/4-inch dice • 1 teaspoon chopped sage • 1 teaspoon thyme leaves • 1/2 pound piece of bacon slab, sliced 1/2 inch thick and cut into 1/2-inch dice • 2 1/2 cups chicken stock or low-sodium broth • 1 egg • 2 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper Directions 1. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly butter a 9-by-13-inch baking dish. On a large rimmed baking sheet, toast the rye bread cubes for about 15 minutes, tossing once halfway through, until lightly golden and dry. Transfer the bread to a large bowl. 2. In a skillet, melt the butter. Add the onion and celery; cook over moderate heat until tender, about 10 minutes. Add the sage and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Scrape into the bowl with the bread. 3. Wipe out the skillet. Add the bacon and cook over moderate heat until browned, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the bacon to the bowl with the bread. In a medium bowl, whisk the chicken broth with the egg. Pour over the bread mixture and add the kosher salt and pepper. Toss until the bread soaks up the liquid. Scrape into the prepared baking dish and cover with foil. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour or overnight. 4. Bake the stuffing for about 30 minutes, until hot throughout. Remove the foil and bake for about 30 minutes longer, until the top is lightly golden. Serve hot or warm. Brussels Sprouts with Pancetta Swinging away from the bacon we stumble onto the Italian version of bacon-pancetta. Brussels sprouts will always appear on holiday tables but very few times with this delicious Italian twist. Ingredients • 3 tablespoons olive oil • 1/2 pound sliced pancetta, diced • 4 shallots, thinly sliced • 1 pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved • 8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, quartered • Salt and freshly ground pepper • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter • 1 lemon, juiced Directions 1. Heat oil over medium heat in a roasting pan or large skillet. 2. Add the pancetta and cook until golden brown and crisp. Remove the pancetta to a plate lined with paper towels. Add the shallots to the pan and cook until soft. Add the Brussels sprouts and potatoes and toss to combine. 3. Season with salt and pepper and roast in the oven until the vegetables are cooked through and golden brown. 4. Remove the vegetables from the oven and stir in the butter and lemon juice. Transfer to a platter and top with the reserved pancetta. This holiday season while you’re preparing these fun and delicious treats, why not think about a career in culinary arts? The holidays are a time of recreating classics and making them your own, which is done on a daily basis by professional chefs across the country. Here at Florida Technical College we pride ourselves in creating the innovative chefs of tomorrow. We also offer financial aid to those who qualify. Don’t wait any longer, call today and have people creating your staple dishes for all their upcoming holiday gatherings!