Friday, October 28, 2011

Order Up!

Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad
Green Pea Soup with Mint Cream
Spaghettini Puttanesca
Peppered Halibut with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parsley Sauce
Strawberry Shortcake
Tonight was restaurant simulation night, where we were to produce a 5 course menu as if we were working in a restaurant. We were paired up in teams of two, and were given plenty of time to prep all of the ingredients for each dish. Chef would tell us when to fire up each dish as if they were being ordered in a restaurant. So we wanted to be sure we had as much prepped ahead of time as possible, so that the customer is not waiting too long for their food to arrive. This was an exercise in speed, organization, and is designed to give us a taste of what it is like to work the line in a restaurant. The dishes were all fairly simple, so basic techniques were applied. We were able to put our own spin on each dish, so it was most interesting to me to see how each teams dishes came out slightly different in look, taste, and texture.

My partner and I worked well together, and things were smooth sailing until he got a pretty nasty sugar burn on his finger. So while he was incapacitated for bit, I was doing double duty. But he was a trooper and soon got back to work. All of our dishes came out as planned, on time, hot, and tasty. We were both pleased with our efforts and gave each other the kitchen handshake on a job well done!

Our menu tonight started with the first course of Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad, second course was Green Pea Soup with Mint Cream, third course was Spaghettini Puttanesca, fourth course was Peppered Halibut with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Parsley Sauce, fifth course a Strawberry Shortcake. Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. Wow, Kristy, Not only is that food very lovely to the eye, I bet it's yummy in the tummy too.

    This is a very interesting article and absolutely well-written. I'm so proud of you and what you are accomplishing. You are so creative in all you do.

    Best always!

    Hugs and prayers,

    Your Devoted Grams <3