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Mr. F's Food Safety Education Services (FSES) Blog, finally in the works!
After 14 years, I’ve decided to step away from the Coast Guard’s Culinary School, where I taught and learned so very much! A wonderful Culinary Basics program, starting with the 16 hour Food Safety Course, basic knife skill training, foundational cooking information and methods, which leads to the graduates being able to service the entire base of over 1,000 meals a day, on their own. With new students arriving every three months, the rotation of instructors every three years, it is an exceptional program to consider. An outstanding team of military and civilian instructors training the next generation of leaders in the Coast Guard’s “CS” rate. It was a true honor to have worked at the school for so long!
You know,….? I taught Food Safety, “twice”, for the Culinary Institute of America “CIA” at Greystone, in Saint Helena, California. The first time was from 2009 - 2012 and then again at the beginning of the Pandemic 2019 - 2021, it makes me very proud to have been there in the first place, but to be accepted back a second time says something I think. A wonderful school with wonderful people; Instructors, Staff and Students! This premier Culinary School, which was started to support the Troops returning form WWII in the 1940’s, offers master’s, bachelor’s, and associate degrees; certificate programs; and courses for professionals and enthusiasts to learn and grow skills and knowledge. With campuses in New York, California, Texas, and yes, even Singapore.
My vision of this blog is to provide free and paid training to those looking to continuously grow in this profession. When I learn interesting tidbits, I’ll share them.
an example, would be,….
“Sesame” - when I was at CIA in 2020, I was just getting ready to give my Allergens presentation to the AOS Class, when one of the students offered some information, that I just had to “borrow” for my own. He said an old instructor of his had come up with a method of remembering the 8 major allergens using the days of the week.
he shared with me the basics of this method, which I had to tweak to better fit me:
Monday was for “M” Milk
Wednesday for “W” Wheat
Friday for “F” Fish
Saturday for “S” Shellfish
Sunday for “S” Soy
Tuesday was for “T” Tree Nuts & Peanuts
Thursday for “What’s missing”? oh yeah, “T” “Those damn Eggs”
Because we had a new allergy that was being added to the list starting next year in 2021, I had to add “Someday” to the days of the week. “Someday” for “S” Sesame.
I have the whole class call it out, and we walk down the days of the week; Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Someday, Tuesday, and finally Thursday.
Coincidently, at Coast Guard, a customer had a “Sesame” allergic reaction within a couple of months of this and she had to be taken to the hospital. she’s fine BTW.
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