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The Culinary School of Fort Worth has a passion for promoting the local food and beverage scene in Fort Worth. This podcast and blog site was created by the school as an avenue to showcase the many great restaurateurs and business minds in the area while also providing a learning tool for future chefs. We thank you for joining us on this journey into the minds of the people who make Fort Worth great.

What is a Chef?

What is a Chef?

On this week's episode, Chefs Maddie Sharp and Edward Gutierrez from The Culinary School of Fort Worth join the podcast to answer the question "what is a chef?" and to have a discussion about all of the different roles in the kitchen.

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Ginger Blazek of Zenzero

Ginger Blazek of Zenzero

On this week's episode, Ginger Blazek (Zenzero) joined the podcast to talk about deciding to change careers and shift her focus to the culinary industry. She talked about how her restaurant is a reflection of her home life, her love for pastry from a young age, her...

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Excellence is…Clean

Excellence is…Clean

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. "If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean." As a cook I have heard this more times than I like to admit and once I became a chef have said it many times as well. Cleaning, however, should not be relegated to...

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Excellence is…Hospitable

Excellence is…Hospitable

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. There’s no place like home. For some culinarians, the kitchen is their home away from home. As chefs, most of us get it that we are inviting the guests into our “homes” when they come to dine with us, but what about our...

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Excellence is…Safe

Excellence is…Safe

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. Fire, Knives and Steam, oh my. There are many dangers in the kitchen that you need to be prepared to deal with. Having your first aid kit stocked and your MSDS handy and everyone trained on the equipment will help make it...

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Excellence is…Always Learning

Excellence is…Always Learning

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. You can’t teach an old dog new tricks. After 20 plus years in the industry I might be what you call an old dog, but I keep trying to learn new tricks. It is easy to think you know it all after you have been doing...

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Excellence Is…Asking Questions

Excellence Is…Asking Questions

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. Week 2 There are no stupid questions. One of the things that I must tell our students all of the time is to ask questions. Even though there are no stupid questions, it is important to ask the right questions. For me to...

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Excellence is…?

Excellence is…?

Written by Mark Hitri.  Photo by James Creange. Week 1 Excellence is…? A great question What is excellence in the culinary community? Our mission here at the Culinary School of Fort Worth is to prepare our students to exemplify excellence in the culinary community....

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Making Memories

Making Memories

Written by Sarah Hamilton. Photos by Sarah Hamilton. “In the childhood memories of every good cook, there’s a large kitchen, a warm stove, a simmering pot, and a mom.” —Barbara Costikyan, New York Magazine. Food is intricately tied to memory. Certain smells can...

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CSFTW Chef Maddie Sharp Takes Gold in Kansas City

CSFTW Chef Maddie Sharp Takes Gold in Kansas City

Written by James Creange. Photos by James Creange. Getting the chance to witness someone performing at the peak of their craft is a special moment that sticks with you for the rest of your life. If you were in the building for Game 6 of the 1998 NBA Finals, you’ll...

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On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

On Your Marks, Get Set, Bake!

Written by Sarah Hamilton. Photos by CSFTW, Joshua Bousel, and Vicky Wasik. We’ve started baking this week and I couldn’t be more thrilled. As a self proclaimed sugar addict, baking has always just made me happy. I feel like baking is my love language. If someone...

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