Hi readers! Hope you all had a great thanksgiving! I have now officially graduated from Fundamentals of Raw Cuisine (Level 1) at Matthew Kenney Culinary School 🎉! In case you didn’t know it is a raw vegan chef course and I have documented the first two weeks here: Week 1 // Week 2.
Weeks 3 & 4 were quite challenging, in a good way! There was definitely after school research involved -- flipping through cookbooks for inspiration, sketching out ideas, drafting out every single task to be done, from prep to wiping the plate before presentation (tip from Chef Kaitlyn 😉). I enjoyed every moment of the work involved 😍.
So…what’s been happening?
Week 3: Cheese, chocolates & everything nice
Bahian Soup - traditionally a Brazillian seafood soup. We make it raw vegan of course!
Raw chocolate chips & choc chip cookies - oh so good 🍪
Class trip: Santa Monica Farmers' Market! (11th Nov, Wed)
Buckwheat maple pancakes
Whole avocado salad
Making our own kefir!
Ice cream presentations🍦
Cheese plate presentations (13th Nov, Fri)
Snaps from Week 3
SANTA MONICA FARMERS MARKET! (Every Weds & Saturday)
Yogurt parfait with sprouted buckwheat granola
Cacao ganache tart
Preparation for final presentation (19th Nov, Thursday)
Final exam & graduation (20th Nov, Friday!)
The latter part of this course inevitably allowed students to be creative, it wasn’t just following recipes anymore. Step by step, we became more acquainted with raw techniques and developed our own style. We got to coat our own truffles with superfoods, nuts etc (they are SOO good), create an ice-cream dish in pairs, craft our very own cheese plate, and of course, the final presentation: a three course raw vegan meal. Most of us used a particular cuisine as a theme for our final project. I chose Thai cuisine, with the task of executing 2 out of 3 dishes.
I am proceeding to the next level on Monday, 30th Nov. Level 2 is going to be INTENSE. We are doing Mondays to Saturdays, 8am-3pm. Wish me luck! I know I'm gonna love it. No doubts.
It's been a long post - hah! Thank you for reading & have an awesome weekend lovers!