08 6 / 2011
Day Two. Craft Restaurant.
Yup that’s me. It’s my second day at Craft and Jenny McCoy (The Exec Pastry Chef) gave me my hat. The day started with going over all the protocol to ensure I don’t violate any health code regulations. That was a good education and definitely made me want to go home and scrub my personal kitchen.
Then Jenny put four recipes in front of me and talked me through them. Then she said, “Pop Quiz. Lesson in multi-tasking: How would you approach these?” I pointed at the Rhubarb Sorbet and said I start there, then while its cooling, I’d start and finish the Passion Fruit Sorbet. Then finish the Rhubarb Sorbet and move on to the bread component recipes. Jenny said that’s how she’d approach it BUT she’d take out the butter for the Hazelnut Shortbread and the Graham Cracker Crisp so its soft at the beginning.
In the middle, Jenny sat with me for an hour and gave me a vocabulary lesson. Telling me what some of her short hand, like VB - Vanilla Bean. or AP - All Purpose Flour. And some professional kitchen slang, for instance, the professional food processor is called RoboCoupe. I mean. Is that not a super hero name? And Turbo Sugar. That’s short for turbinado or raw sugar. Turbo Sugar and RoboCoupe are here to break you down and sweeten you up! If I ever have the guts to get at tattoo, I think it might just be ‘Turbo Sugar’. What do you think?