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Richard Goodwin replied to Carrie Lynn's discussion What should I learn before I step foot in a Kitchen? in the group Chef Education
"I found these videos on the ACF website on knife skills. There should be parts 2-3and 4 shjowing up off to the right as well. Maybe helpfull, maybe not. I just thought I would pass the link along."
Aug 17, 2010

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Title
Culinary Trainer
Company
Xanterra
Website
http://www.xanterra.com
Interests
Discovering new food, Discovering new wines, Making Friends, Networking, Career Advancement, Gaining Knowledge
Personal Quote
There are entire worlds within each one of us that have not yet been explored...
Biography
Grew up in LA, went to Johnson & Wales University in Denver. Graduated with an Associates in Culinary Arts and a Bachelors in Food Service Management. Worked in several restaurants in Colorado over the past 5 years. I then picked up and moved to the Grand Canyon.... I have been living and workng at the grand canyon for a year now, started as a cook in the El Tovar, then was promoted to Cuninary Trainer. I teach incomming employees about food safety, cooking terms, portion control, and life in the canyon in a classroom setting 3 days a week. I love learning more about training styles, games, activities, and technologies. I spend the rest of my working hours updating and bettering my class materials, keeping track of training hours, teaching Serv-Safe courses, and visiting the employees on the job.

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What did culinary school not teach you about restaurant cooking?

Posted on September 3, 2008 at 3:51pm 1 Comment

If you went to culinary school before you stared in the real world kitchens you may have noticed you were lacking some major skills and the fancy french cooking terms you learned were not used in the industry.

What skills did you have to learn right away in the real world kitchens?
What was culinary school great at teaching you? (That you actually used!)

My major skill was working smarter not harder, and working fast!

What do you think?

Relating to International Employees

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 4:26pm 5 Comments

I am a trainer at the Grand Canyon. We train and work with a large workforce of internationals for 3 month periods.



Does anyone have experience teaching, relating to, counseling, and communicating with international employees?



Have you seen a website with kitchen terms and translations? "Behind you....86ed"

What experiences and foux-pas have you dealt with in communication with internationals? Do you have tools and stories for basic communication? Do's and Don't of… Continue

Technology in training

Posted on April 29, 2008 at 4:23pm 1 Comment

I have posed this same question in the CHART group discussion:

Has anyone heard of some great technology being used train Hotel and restaurant staff? How is it working?

Intranet sites, ALOHA POS PC based training, Video game training......

Video and PowerPoint works great, but is there anything more interactive?

Tell me what you have seen, and what works.

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At 11:04am on August 7, 2009, Bryon said…
Love the canyon. Did a management internship there while going to NAU for a Hotel Management Degree. Do you do any recruiting with NAU?
At 10:20am on September 4, 2008, KT said…
Hi Carrie Lynn -

I just moved to Phoenix and took my first trip to the canyon with my kids (see photo on my page!). What an awesome place to live and work. I look forward to people's answers to your question. My husband trains the sales team for Shamrock and I think the answers will be of interest to him as well.
At 7:27am on August 15, 2008,
Non-Operator
Tony Martinez
said…
Hello Carrie Lynn,

I too am a J&W alum, Providence campus class of '92. I'm excited to see other alum here and I'm even more excited to see what everyone has to share.

All my best!
At 12:00pm on May 10, 2008, Nora said…
Very welcome on the add to the discussion! Keep me posted on how everything turns out. It is fascinating to me to see how others communicate sometimes!
At 8:26pm on May 7, 2008, pubmaster said…
I saw many sunrises at the Grand Canyon while I went to NAU. Too cool.
At 1:18pm on May 5, 2008,
Non-Operator
Donald Burns
said…
At 9:09am on May 4, 2008, Adam R. Cox said…
Hi there: Nice to hear that you were there during the fire. I worked the year before and after adn then the Teton's the next year. Man that was fun. I was in Grant Village about two weeks before it all broke out.

I love Yellowstone. I hope that my kids will be able to work there a few summers.

My Dad goes to YNP in the winter for cross country skiing with his buddies. He has been doing that for over 25 years.

Take care and glad your on FOHBOH!
At 4:26am on May 4, 2008, Dara Bunjon said…
Sorry on the delayed response on food styling at Tubac. I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thank you for taking time to comment.
At 3:00pm on May 1, 2008, Timothy Mahoney said…
Grand Canyon was awesome! Thanks!
At 7:56am on May 1, 2008, Jeffrey Steen said…
Thanks for your comment, Lynn! I like to think I do alright as an editor. :) Glad to hear you love the magazine!

Jeff
 
 
 

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