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7 Things you will learn in Culinary School

Posted on February 22nd, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

Thinking about a career in the kitchen? FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will give you the necessary knowledge to work, manage and cook in the heat of a busy kitchen.  The program is only 13-months in duration and new sessions begin every month. The structure is a combination of hands-on-deck experience and lectures.  When you join the diploma program at FTC you will learn how to read a recipe, be confident in the kitchen, the importance of having a good knife, what ingredients you must have in your kitchen at all times, and how to use your imagination to transform simple ingredients into delicacies.   How to read a recipe: You may think you know how to read, however, learning this is like taking a trip to a foreign country. You have to know where you are going. Do you need a car? What to pack? A cell phone charger that works abroad? The last thing one want to do is start a trip and realize you don’t have all the necessary tools to get to the final destination. Reading recipes has its tricks. Do you have all of the ingredients? Do you understand all of the steps? A positive execution will depend on all of these factors.   Benefits of having a good knife: Have you ever cut an onion or a pineapple with a dull knife? The final product might not even look appealing to the eye. Having the right knife to cut a product will make the difference. If you slice onions with an extremely sharp knife, the sulfur that the onion contains does not break as much, meaning you won’t tear up as much.   Use of imagination: You never know what new chic dish you will come up with. This program will allow you to use your imagination and make incredible creations. Don’t get upset if you mess up, it happens to the best in the business, keep on cooking and you will create that tasty dish you thought about in your mind.   Safety in the kitchen: Anything can happen in a kitchen; you will learn what to do in any situation that could arise. For example, an automatic reaction to a fire is to use water to douse the flames, however, you should never use water on a grease fire.  You will also learn what to keep handy in case of a cut or burns.   Accidents are fixable: There will be times you may run to your instructor fearing you have messed up a plate. FTC culinary program will give you techniques and hands-on experience to fix mistakes. There could be a few baking disasters, however, most foods are salvageable after adjusting some seasonings and textures.   It’s okay not to measure anything when cooking (unless you are baking): This program will allow you to trust your eye and mouth.  Unless you are baking, you don’t need to measure anything, use your eye to measure a teaspoon of salt, then use your mouth to taste and see if you need more salt or more water! Eyeballing will make you a stronger faster cook.   Must have ingredients: You will learn that having some key ingredient always stocked in your fridge and pantry will excel your creations. For instance, butter makes everything better, salt make your dish tastier, lemons add that exquisite fresh taste and eggs can do anything to your plate.   FTC’s Culinary Arts Diploma Program will provide you with hands-on experience to get to work immediately. Whatever reason you have to learn how to cook FTC can help. For more information or to find out about the culinary program enrollment contact us now!   By Jose Luis Dieppa

The Best Way to Learn Culinary Techniques – for a Career or Home

Posted on January 30th, 2017 by SEM Tribeca

If food is your passion, you have probably considered taking cooking classes or even attending and completing a culinary degree or diploma program. Cooking is a hot career and foodies are everywhere. Even if you only want to be a better home cook or learn culinary arts as a hobby, you are not alone. The foodie culture has been growing for years—surveys show there have been steady increases in sales of specialty foods and increased viewership for food and cooking shows.   This growth in food and cooking culture means that more people are trying to figure out how to be better at it. People who love new food experiences don’t just want to go out to new restaurants; they also want to learn how to be better cooks and figure out if they want to become professionals in the culinary arena. If you’re thinking about how best to learn how to cook or how to be a better cook, you have a lot of options. From weekly food and recipe subscription boxes to cooking shows and magazines, the choices abound, but have you thought about a real culinary education? What You Get from a Real Culinary Education Not every cook or chef went to culinary school, and there are many, many great home cooks who are also self-taught. So, why should you spend the time and money on cooking classes? Teaching yourself or learning through a mentor are possible ways to learn how to cook, but these won’t give you everything a real, structured education can give you:   Skills, not just recipes. Being a good cook, and eventually a great cook, takes more than simply being able to follow a recipe. It requires learning skills that make up the foundation for being able to follow a recipe. In classes you learn culinary techniques that you can’t get from a recipe, things like how to julienne vegetables, how to boil pasta the right way, how to debone a fish, and how to measure dry ingredients for baked goods, just to mention a few. A professional vocabulary. You could attempt to julienne those carrots as the recipe directs you, but what if you don’t even know what the word means. Cooking comes with a vocabulary that is totally different from everyday language. With professional cooking classes you will learn what it means to blanch something and what a meringue is. Real kitchen confidence. In so many industries you can fake confidence to seem more competent, but in cooking you actually need to know how to do things. If you can’t deliver, you can’t succeed as a cook or chef, or even convince your family you can put together a great dinner. To get real confidence in the kitchen, confidence that means something, you need to learn how to cook. Life-saving safety training. There are many things in the kitchen that can make you sick or even kill you if you aren’t careful. If you want to get more involved in cooking, you need to know how to do it safely. What you get from a true culinary education that you can’t get from books or TV shows is instruction in how to prevent cross-contamination, how to handle a knife safely, and how to sanitize and disinfect.     Can’t I Just Learn Culinary Techniques Watching Cooking Shows? There are so many cooking and food shows on television now, including more than one network devoted to them. And, yes, these shows can give you some great tips and tricks, but if you don’t have a solid foundation in cooking basics, you will struggle to put them to use. For instance, if your favorite cooking show host tells you to fold the egg whites into your batter instead of mixing it in, do you really know what that means?   What about an Apprenticeship? Some cooks and chefs learn their trade by working their way up the kitchen ladder, usually starting as dishwashers. This is definitely a valid way to become a professional cook, and there are some truly great chefs who learned this way, but it is not the best option for everyone. One downside to learning through an apprenticeship rather than cooking classes is that you have to start at the bottom and you’ll have to prove your dedication and skills to move up from there. Not everyone has the ability to take a low-paying job, especially if you are hoping to learn how to cook as self-improvement rather than for a career.   What You Can Do with a Real Culinary Education When you learn how to cook through a culinary arts program, you get a professional education that can lead to a number of careers as a cook or chef. Cooks work anywhere food is served, from schools to restaurants and hotels. Cooks may also work their way up into the management of any of these types of service areas. By taking cooking classes you put yourself in a position to work as a line or prep cook, a sous chef, a pastry chef, and potentially one day an executive chef in charge of an entire kitchen.   Having learned culinary techniques through a diploma or degree program, you’ll also be prepared for a career that you create yourself. Cooking goes hand-in-hand with entrepreneurship and even freelancing. You could work as a freelance personal chef, or even buy and start up a food truck. Other interesting careers for culinary professionals include recipe tester and developer, food writer or critic, butcher, or a food buyer for an upscale grocery store.   Growth in the Culinary Industry Whatever career in food you choose, you will be entering a growing and exciting industry. People are more interested in food than ever, how to cook, where food comes from, organic foods, vegan foods, and much more. This means that there are more opportunities for anyone with a culinary education than ever before, a growing trend that shows no signs of stopping.   […]