12 Indian Hills Culinary students along with the director of the program, Chef Gordon Rader, returned this week from two weeks in Spain. They spent the mornings learning Spanish, cooked all afternoon and enjoyed excursions to wineries, restaurants, and farms while basking in an atmosphere overflowing with the red carpet treatment. They are all going to crowd into the studio and give us the chance for some vicarious thrills while relating some of the trip's significant happenings on this week's GREAT TASTE.
The program they participated in is part of a larger cultural and educational exchange created by Rader and his Spanish counterpart, Fernando Perez of Escuela do la Cocina International in conjunction with the Univ. of Valladolid, University of Salamanca and the Royal Academy of Gastronomy of Spain. One objective of the program is to have year-round classes for high school and college students, farmers, producers, and anyone involved in the world of food. These classes would be held in both Spain and the states.
GREAT TASTE welcomes back co-host Kathy Dubois, who spent the past three months in Florida. We have her apron ready and are putting her right to work in the studio kitchen so tune in for some delicious dishes. We recently had the pleasure of enjoying two of her delectable creations (pictured above).
Also, we welcome back Indian Hills Culinary student, Ben Froah. Ben co-hosted the IHCC segment of Great Taste several times, and has recently returned from his internship at Grinell College. Two other students, Cedric Figueroa and Heather Wilkening, will join Ben in the studio to share their experiences as interns. Cedric worked at Eva Longoria and Todd English's Beso in Los Angeles while Heather was baking in Anchorage, Alaska. It's a night of celebration because on Thursday all three of them will graduate from the culinary program.
One of the winners of the 1st International Culinary Schools Tapas Competition held last week in Valladolid, Spain, Mangal Tamang, and his culinary instructor, Gordon Rader take over the cooking chores in the studio Wednesday, November 18. Mangal was one of 11 culinary students from the USA, Canada, Mexico, Ireland, Italy, Denmark, and Sweden participating in the contest.
The official press release summarized the criteria and results:
After almost three years we FINALLY are getting some professional cooks into our KRUU studio kitchen! Chef Gordon Rader, Program Director and Lead Culinary Instructor at Indian Hills Community College,
takes over the duties of cooking James Moore's dinner, and he's bringing a crew to help: Adam Darland, a recent graduate from the IHCC program and Jon Ulrich one of his current students. The menu includes eggplant parmesan and local greens plus lots of insight into what goes into a culinary education.
Lights, camera, action!! Fairfield Public Access Cable (FPAC) will record this show for future broadcast. We're hoping to video most upcoming episodes of GREAT TASTE so you can doubly enjoy our kitchen antics.