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The Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education, where our mission is to: “Connect the Foodservice Industry with the Foodservice Classroom.”CAFÉ is the most dynamic resource for those who TEACH, TRAIN, MENTOR, IDEATE, INTERACT WITH, ADVISE, AND CHALLENGE students of the culinary arts. With nearly 1,000 culinary and baking programs from coast to coast. CAFÉ is the most respected support organization for those involved in educating tomorrows chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, savory chefs, and culinary entrepreneurs.

The Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education, where our mission is to: “Connect the Foodservice Industry with the Foodservice Classroom.”CAFÉ is the most dynamic resource for those who TEACH, TRAIN, MENTOR, IDEATE, INTERACT WITH, ADVISE, AND CHALLENGE students of the culinary arts. With nearly 1,000 culinary and baking programs from coast to coast. CAFÉ is the most respected support organization for those involved in educating tomorrows chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, savory chefs, and culinary entrepreneurs.

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United States

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The Center for Advancement of Foodservice Education, where our mission is to: “Connect the Foodservice Industry with the Foodservice Classroom.”CAFÉ is the most dynamic resource for those who TEACH, TRAIN, MENTOR, IDEATE, INTERACT WITH, ADVISE, AND CHALLENGE students of the culinary arts. With nearly 1,000 culinary and baking programs from coast to coast. CAFÉ is the most respected support organization for those involved in educating tomorrows chefs, bakers, pastry chefs, savory chefs, and culinary entrepreneurs.

Language:

English


Episodes

CAFE Ep.39 - Reading Tea Leaves

1/12/2022
When have you ever enjoyed a cup of tea in a restaurant and said: “That was excellent”? Years ago, the same could be said for coffee; but awareness, availability, and training resulted in a coffee renaissance that brought about a new emphasis on the importance of “good to the last drop”. Tea, like coffee just a few years ago is oftentimes viewed as a commodity product. Restaurants pay little attention to what they offer and place almost no effort into how it is prepared and presented. If...

Duration:00:46:44

CAFE Ep.38 - 99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

12/15/2021
From beer making hobbyist who intended to pursue a graduate degree in finance to owner/operator of two and soon to be three successful restaurant brewpubs and president of the New York State Craft Brewer’s Association – Chris Ericson has become a highly respected artisan beer advocate and entrepreneur. His portfolio of skills includes brewing, concept development, restaurant operations, team building, and marketing with his famous Ubu Ale as a centerpiece of operations. Join our podcast as...

Duration:00:53:07

CAFE Ep.37 - Curiosity and Creativity

12/1/2021
Few things are more invigorating than an idea, an invention or re-invention, a spark of a concept that keeps you up at night – thinking, a problem solved or a new way of looking at something that has been staring you in the eye for quite some time. The creative process begins with curiosity, curiosity leads to inquiry, inquiry to research, research into formulation and development, and development into a product or concept that just might change you or the people around you. This is how an...

Duration:01:05:30

CAFE Ep.36 - Tell me, show me, engage me

11/17/2021
Set the stage for building competence and confidence – this is one of the most important outcomes of a culinary education. Create experiences that take a student outside of his or her comfort zone and in doing so help that person realize they can do what may seem impossible – this is the role of education. Create opportunities for not only gainful employment but a new trajectory for a lifetime career – this is where internships and externships fit in. Tell Me, Show Me, Engage Me.Join us for...

Duration:00:47:26

CAFE Ep.35 - Finding Balance - Bees and Flies

11/3/2021
Dishwasher to Club Chef, working for Charlie Palmer and David Burke, to Executive Chef for all food operations at Syracuse University – a chef’s progression is always remarkable to follow. “It doesn’t get any better than this – creating beautiful, delicious food that impacts other people’s lives – amazing.” Catching the bug that turns a job into a career can also catch up to you. Restaurant work is stressful – stress that can add to our own personal challenges – the question is “how will you...

Duration:01:05:15

CAFE Ep. 34 - In Pursuit of Excellence

10/20/2021
From baking cookies with his grandmother to becoming a Subway sandwich artist and on to chef/owner of Soigne Hospitality with a portfolio of nationally renowned restaurants and partnerships with Daniel Boulud and Thomas Keller – Chef Gavin Kaysen is a true example of a person in pursuit of excellence. “From an early age I knew that I wanted to make a career in the kitchen and focus on making people happy.” Chef Kaysen is a talented chef who represented the United States at the Bocuse D’Or,...

Duration:00:57:14

CAFE Ep.33- It's All About the Ingredients

10/6/2021
Rainier cherries in mid-June, salmon from the Columbia River, morels, and boletes from deep in the Oregon forests, heirloom tomatoes brought to fruition in the July sun, perfect five-inch long Delicata squash for Eleven Madison in New York City (300 pounds each week), or beautiful wild asparagus flown in secretly from France – these are the special tools, the magical ingredients that help chefs to be great at what they do, and Francois de Melogue was your source. Referred to as the fifth...

Duration:01:00:21

CAFE Ep.32- The Teacher's Calling

9/22/2021
What keeps you up at night and what pushes you to jump out of bed in the morning? Is it angst over work left undone, or projects on the horizon that you are not sure how to approach? Or…is it that next great idea and the desire to bring it to fruition? From an early age we are wired to think, to learn, and to build. It is this desire to create that excites us and brings a smile to our face. This is true of the toddler, high school student, young cook or aspiring chef, and even those who...

Duration:00:53:22

CAFE Ep 31- One Cook at a Time

9/8/2021
Chef to entrepreneur, entrepreneur to trainer, trainer to teacher, teacher to innovative leader – thus is the career track for Chef Warren Leigh. His passion for food and service began as a son of a Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army – living in Germany, studying in France and Switzerland, and becoming a commis to Madeleine Kamman. This chef who speaks three languages and, with his wife, owned and operated six restaurant concepts – made the transition to teaching and has never looked back....

Duration:00:58:27

CAFE Talks Ep.30- Farm, Family, Passion, Career, Life

7/28/2021
One of America’s most inspiring destinations is tucked away in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee. Blackberry Farm has grown to represent the very best in farm to table, sustainable practices, appreciation for the land, excellence in culinary arts, and creating an environment for team members that is inclusive, supportive, and still demanding of excellence. Sarah Steffan grew up in a hard-working family, a large family influenced by the example set by her parents – an example that included...

Duration:00:47:20

CAFE Talks Ep. 29- The Life-Changing International Experience

7/14/2021
Do we tend to discount and fear what we don’t know? Are untapped experiences a gap in real learning? The Rochester Institute of Technology (R.I.T.) has embraced an international presence for its programs, both here and abroad for decades. “This is where students learn to accept ambiguity, become real problem solvers, experience the joys and challenges of pure trust, and become better citizens of the world” states Jim Myers, Associate Provost of International Education and Global Programming...

Duration:00:54:03

CAFE Talks Ep. 28- Excellence is a Team Effort

6/30/2021
Moving the bar from good to great is driven by a commitment to building a team, engaging their thoughts, and aligning everyone with the concept of excellence in everything they do. Great is not a destination, but rather an attitude that even the smallest of tasks deserves the very best effort and those involved never being truly content – always striving to improve. Great is the polar opposite of mediocre and in an environment of “great” – mediocre cannot find enough oxygen to survive. Join...

Duration:00:48:57

CAFE Talks Ep.27- The Legend of Auguste Escoffier

6/16/2021
“Good food is the foundation of genuine happiness.” This was the core of Chef Auguste Escoffier’s beliefs and the basis by which he established standards of organization, conduct, and excellence in cooking. Michel Escoffier, the chef’s great grandson has made it his mission to present, perpetuate, and grow the legacy and teachings of the Escoffier name. Listen to this podcast interview with Michel and know that the King of Chefs and Chef of Kings promoted the attributes of a true...

Duration:00:51:09

CAFE Talks Ep.26- The Cuisine of the Sun

6/2/2021
Growing up in the home of Chef Roger Verge and his wife Denise – Cordelia Verge was likely unaware, at an early age, just how influential her parents were. The “Cuisine of the Sun” or the new style of French cooking was the way that Chef Verge approached his craft. Bringing out the natural flavors of ingredients without masking them with excessive sauce work, butter and cream, was what Verge saw as natural – chefs were meant to support what Mother Nature provides. In their initial restaurant...

Duration:00:44:54

CAFE Talks Ep.25- Work Ethic - Making the Commitment

5/19/2021
Club and resort chef in quality, high –volume kitchens to classrooms preparing the next generation of cooks – Chef Pliska has always wanted to be in a position to give back. He feels fortunate to have enjoyed the work and positions that he held in operations from Washington, DC to Dusseldorf – West Germany. Today, he spends his time mentoring students at Ozark Technical Community College – a place where he has found his calling.“It’s all about work ethic” claims this accomplished chef. Learn...

Duration:00:48:09

CAFE Talks Ep.24- Branding your Culinary Program

5/5/2021
Carpenter or chef – the choices were there and a chance visit to a culinary classroom solidified his decision. Frank Costantino loved cooking since he was very young helping his dad cook at home on the weekends. Little did he know at that time that his life would be filled with the challenges and joys of being a chef and educator. From an early beginning when a guidance counselor proclaimed that he was not college material until he completed the requirements for a doctorate in education –...

Duration:00:59:22

CAFE Talks Episode 23- A Master Chef's Perspective

4/21/2021
From a young teenage boy in Detroit riding his Stingray bike to that first job as a dishwasher to one of America’s extraordinary Certified Master Chefs – Dan Hugelier talks about his journey. Those humble beginnings of mastering four egg pans and a griddle as breakfast cook to earning gold medals in the Culinary Olympics – this exceptional chef demonstrated the craftsmanship, discipline, inquisitiveness, willingness to learn, and talent necessary to be at the top of his game. A former...

Duration:01:13:17

CAFE Talks Ep.22- The Healing Power of Food

4/7/2021
An accomplished restaurant and resort chef, former executive chef for the enormously complex Opryland Hotel, leader of the Culinary Team at London’s Olympic Park and Stadium, Certified Executive Chef and Board Member of The American Culinary Federation Education Foundation – shifts his career direction to healthcare foodservice operations. Working as Corporate R and D Chef for Morrison Healthcare – Chef Jeffrey Quasha is as enthusiastic about his current position and as passionate about his...

Duration:00:55:08

CAFE Talks Ep.21- Making a Difference

3/24/2021
Food Truck Entrepreneur to serial restaurateur opening Mission Chinese in San Francisco and New York, operator of what Bon Appetit called one of the 10 Best New Restaurants, and one of the most important restaurants in America; James Beard semi-finalist for Best New Restaurant, and chef/operator of The Perennial – an environmentally sustainable restaurant. Recently, the James Beard Foundation as their Humanitarian of the Year recognized Chef Myint and his organization. Chef Anthony Myint is...

Duration:00:47:39

CAFE Talks Ep 20- The Foundations Open Many Doors

3/10/2021
Sometimes it’s a spark of interest at an early age, for others it may come late in life – but many young cooks experience that a’ha moment when it becomes clear that a career in the kitchen is just the ticket for them. Those who achieve their goals do so through a commitment to the foundations of cooking and the transferable skills that a kitchen can provide. Join us for an insightful discussion with Chef Chris Koetke whose career began with that spark of interest at the age of 14 with money...

Duration:00:48:23