Culinary Arts Life Information

January 21, 2016

Welcome and Welcome Back!

Hey, everyone! I hope your Spring 2016 semester is off to a great start! My name is Shaylyn Funasaki, and I am one of your Culinary Arts Peer Mentors. This is my first semester working as a Peer Mentor, and I'm grateful for this wonderful opportunity. I hope we'll see each other in future culinary classes or at some of our upcoming events! I look forward to meeting and chatting with you all~

To kick off the semester, I caught up with our instructors, and asked them to share some advice on how to succeed in both class and the industry. Some of them, you already know, and others, you'll become familiar with in the near future -- and it's by working with them and learning from them, that you'll grow as a student, person, and chef.

Keep those knives sharp,

but your mind, sharper


Words From Our Instructors...

"Take charge of your attitude. Attitude is everything, and you get to choose what it will be. Chefs and everyone else look to hire people with a good one, and it is contagious. Your life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how to react to it."

--Chef Ian Riseley

CULN 223 Contemporary Cuisines

"Do the work and be prepared. Prior Planning Prevents Poor Performance."

--Ms. B (Tommylynn Benavente)

CULN 160 Dining Room Operations

  1. Come to class, on-time
  2. Plan, organize, and manage your time effectively
  3. Read culinary books & magazines to expand your knowledge
  4. Be prepared for long hours and difficult working conditions; realize that, at times, this industry lacks the glamour that's portrayed on TV
  5. Work hard and move fast. Have a "sense of urgency"
  6. Pay attention to details
  7. Be humble
  8. Eat at restaurants periodically

--Chef Don Maruyama

CULN 240 Garde Manger II

CULN 275 Human Resource Management & Supervision

CULN 293E Culinary Externship

"Study tips: Utilize your culinary counselor to map out your courses towards your goal, communicate with your instructors when challenges or issues arise, and don't procrastinate when it comes to studying, homework, and projects."

How to succeed in the industry: Have a good attitude, stay healthy, be helpful, keep learning, be humble, and always be on time."

--Chef Michael Scully

CULN 150 Fundamentals of Baking

CULN 160 Dining Room Operations

"Stay focused on why you're in school, so that you can get the most out of your education."

--Chef Linda Yamada

CULN 112 Sanitation & Safety

CULN 115 Menu Planning & Merchandising

CULN 120 Fundamentals of Cookery

CULN 269 Culinary Special Events

"Try to have a positive attitude and keep your heads up when the going gets tough. Start the semester strong and finish strong. When frustrated or disappointed, always know that tomorrow is a new day and that you can start anew."

--Chef Chris Garnier

CULN 125 Fundamentals of Cookery II

"Be intentional! Have a reason for everything you do and work towards a goal. It is not enough to just "do", find out the whys behind the hows and strive to be better every time!"

--Chef Matt Egami

CULN 111 Into Culinary Industry

CULN 112 Sanitation & Safety

CULN 224 Asian/Continental Cuisine

CULN 271 Purchasing & Cost Control

THANK YOU Chefs, for your great tips and advice!

"5 Tips for Starting the Semester Off Right"

And to be extra certain that everyone has an awesome semester, here are some additional highlights taken from a great article by Grace Abboud on “5 Tips for Starting the Semester Off Right.”

You can see it in its entirety at:

5 Tips for Starting the Semester Off Right

By Grace Abboud

Know Your Syllabi

The syllabus for each of your classes is your key to having a successful and organized semester. Once you have your class schedule set, read, print, save, frame, build a shrine, anything you need to do to have your syllabus on hand!

The easiest and fastest way to fall behind is to mess up the due dates for assignments and tests, but if you follow along with the set pace of the class, half the work is done for you. But in case you need a little more structure...

Buy a Planner

Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for technology. Honestly, I’m pretty sure I walk around with an iCloud floating above my head everywhere I go, and with Siri working alongside my army of apps, you’d think I’d never miss a beat.

But when my mind is working overtime and I can’t seem to remember if I wrote something down in notebook or iCal or iStudiez or Reminders (the list goes on), the cat and mouse hunt can wear me out. With a planner, all my assignments, appointments, test dates, and deadlines are in one place, written in a neat little box.

There’s just something about having everything written down and planned out that calms any stress. I know I won’t miss something if I have it in my planner, so the first thing I do when I get my syllabi is write down everything that’s due on the right dates so I have a plan to follow.

Find Your Study Spot

Where you do your work determines how you do your work, so having a place that allows you to focus is key to being successful. Ideally, a quiet space to yourself is good, but it really depends on what works best for you because everyone is different!

For instance, I can’t focus if people near me are talking, but I can listen to EDM on full blast just fine. Some people need to be in the library while others like the relaxed atmosphere of a coffee shop.

There isn’t one set location that you must study, but wherever you choose should allow you to focus and be productive...and preferably be available 24 hours and equipped with coffee.

Put a Time Limit on the Internet

I always say that if I fail out of college, it will be due to Pinterest. You know what I’m talking about.

You go on there for a little “5 minute study break” and 1 hour later you’re covered in flour from baking snickerdoodle cupcakes while crafting origami flowers mid-yoga pose to relieve the stress you have from thinking about all the work you should be doing...(this may or may not have happened).

So in order to control your inner lurk monster, you have to set boundaries. Set a time aside to immerse yourself in the interwebs, watch a few vines of grumpy cat, shake your head at every selfie that pops up on instagram, have an entire text conversation with the person sitting next to you using only emojis...then power down and put away!

Now your mind can be clear and you can finish all of your assignments without feeling like you live under a rock.

Set a Sleep Schedule

In the end, nothing will get done if you’re exhausted. I know this can be one of the hardest things to stick to in college. Between hours of class, internships, work, clubs, sports, studying, and socializing, there never seems to be enough time to sleep, let alone sleep on a schedule, but it’s so very important to try!

When you are sleep deprived, your entire body is affected. Your memory and ability to process information slows down, your stress levels rise, and your mood can severely drop. It can age your skin and cause weight gain, and even put you at risk for heart problems or diabetes. If all it takes to avoid all that is a few hours of consistent shut eye, then excuse me while I count my sheep!

Got News?

Our Culinary Arts newsletter will be published every other week. We want to hear from you! If you want to submit articles, tips, pictures, culinary related news, etc. please feel free to email them to me, Shaylyn Funasaki, I will gladly publish them in for you! Thank you - Shay

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