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What does "classically trained" mean?


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What does "classically trained" mean?

ipsedixit | | Apr 21, 2011 07:35 AM

When someone says so and so is a "classically trained" chef, what does that mean exactly?

If you are, say, a classically trained French chef, does that mean you were taught the basics of the sauce mère and had to be able to make a roux, emulsified, stock, etc. sauce before graduating?

What about a classically trained American chef? Must know how to BBQ, cook up a burger, and make Mac N Cheese before matriculation?

I've heard people say that my dad was a "classically trained chef in China" but to this day I have really no idea what that means. I just know he graduated from some college with a degree in the culinary arts, but beyond that, no clue.

So, to you, what does "classically trained" mean?

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