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  1. 10/13/2010
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    I love everything about this post…. such a fantastic point you make. Just like blogging, we need to remember that the people in the middle are just as important as the people “on top”. You are so eloquent. Well done….an instant fave for sure!

  2. 10/13/2010
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    Having really worked all of the jobs in a restaurant both front and back of the house, I was deeply impressed by what you wrote.

    It’s important to remember that every “celebrity” chef was once one of those guys/gals behind the scenes. In fact, it was those years behind the scenes that helped every one of us become the professional cook that we are today. As a chef, you are only as good as your team and how well you train them.

    As you stated it is important that we (and they) remember that…daily.

  3. 10/13/2010
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    Beautiful writing. Wonderful photographs. Thank you for this reminder! I would love to take you up on this challenge. How about dedicating a week or a month to this kind of writing and rallying other bloggers to do the same? It could be an inspiring set of stories.

  4. Wonderful post. I too felt the divide. Because I’ve been in their shoes, I sympathized with the bar tender who was totally overwhelmed (I sort of wanted to get behind the bar and help him!), the students walking around offering horderves (that’s always a bit awkward) and the chefs in the back cooking and cleaning. I think that unless you’ve been in their shoes than it’s hard to understand the work that is involved.

    Thank you for a beautiful post (as always) and for looking beyond the glitz and glamour.

  5. 10/13/2010
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    thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this!!! The 3rd photo down is Junior. I can not begin to tell you how much he helped me and my team. He was the last student to leave, staying behind to help us clean up and throw the remaining cardboard boxes away. He didn’t have to do it, he didn’t get anything from doing it. He just wanted to help.

    You’ve managed to ONCE AGAIN bring back the tears to my eyes by bringing a spotlight to all their hard work. Thank you for recognizing them and thank you for pointing it out for everyone to remember, too!!!

    • Food Woolf
      10/13/2010
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      @jenjenk, thanks! His name was lost on a slip of paper. Thank you for giving me his name! He was a gem!

  6. 10/13/2010
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    Love this post. Thank you for putting the “little guys” in the spotlight…even though they really aren’t so little. Props to them!

  7. 10/13/2010
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    What a great post Brooke. Really. Thank you. The Le Cordon Bleu team did such a fabulous job taking care of all of us.

  8. 10/13/2010
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    I sorta went about it a differnt way, but ended up at the same place as you. I was just feeling a bit overwhelmed and not very successful at socializing, so I decided to talk to the folks that would actually want to talk back! I asked people what they had cooked that night and if that was their passion (pastry, culinary…) and what they were attending for and if they had personal blogs and what was their favorite things about the school and where they would be after they graduated???? I distinctly remembered talking to one sweet girl upstairs (bacon room, first station) who was not planning a culinary career after graduation, and had just lost her husband. SHe just wanted to try this and finally did it. She was an inspiration!!!

    I believe your motives were far less selfish then mine (I was just looking for friendly face to talk to!!) and I believe your mission is an important one! Kudos to you and seeing the real point here!

    ANd now I am REALLY going to reveal to you what a horrible hick I am.. one of my fav. shows, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, seems to do such a fantastic job of getting to know the people behind the food. I love meeting those folks and hearing their stories and seeing the brilliance behind what they do! (Yes, I think a good burger is brilliant… I am a bad, bad cook!)

    UgH! Sorry for the book!
    Blessings-
    Amanda

  9. Karen
    10/13/2010
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    I love this, Brooke. Really, really wonderful.

  10. 10/13/2010
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    When you talk to the people doing the work, you get the most valuable information.
    I spoke to Beth Casey at the CCA and she was inspirational!

  11. omg. I am in love with Junior. Obsessed. He was amazing – so passionate – nice – omg – I don’t even know how to express what a fabulous person he was.

    I really appreciate everything you said in this post – especially because that student in the chef’s coat has been me – and it wasn’t that long ago! I love that you and I are so interested in the behind the scenes because we work in the restaurant/service industry. And I pretty much just love you.

    The end.

    Love,
    Gaby :)

  12. 10/13/2010
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    well said, my dear! you are so right on! you make me think and ponder and appreciate! x

  13. Thanks so much for opening my eyes! In hindsight I can’t believe I missed the opportunity to interact with the people who had prepared our food – so many of them were out there on the floor and we were at their school and everything. I’m so glad to have finally met you this weekend!

  14. 10/14/2010
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    Great Post! We’re using it as our home page blog and linking to it from all of our locations! Well done!

    • Food Woolf
      10/14/2010
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      @Joe Harvey, I think my jaw just hit the floor. Really? Thank you!!!!!

  15. And this is exactly why I love you. You are a passionate & creative woman with sensitive eyes that make all of us SEE more. Thank you Brooke for celebrating the amazing team of people that feed & nourish our souls daily. I know how it feels to be the underdog. My kids remind me daily ;) xxoo

  16. 10/14/2010
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    Thank you for all your kind words. Junior is one of my students and a member of a club called the “Iron Toques”. This group of students volunteers on regular bases to raise money for local charities and to hone their culinary skills. I am very proud of all of them. Junior is a perfect example of these amazing students. It was a pleasure to have you at the CCA and to show off my “Iron Toques”.

  17. 10/14/2010
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    Absolutely spot-on. Way to spark thoughts in all us food-obsessed people. Thank you!

  18. Junior Figueroa
    10/18/2010
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    Hello everyone. I’m Junior, the person in the third picture. First I would like to thank Brooke for posting this blog. All of the students here at CCA really appreciate it. I also wanted to thank everybody for the posts about all of us. It makes us feel great knowing that all of our hard work payed off. The fact that you loved the food, made it worth every drop of sweat. We were honored to entertain and cook for you all. Hopefully we can do it again sometime. Thank you all again.

  19. Junior Figueroa
    10/18/2010
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    Thank you Gaby. Your the best. Take care.

  20. Junior Figueroa
    10/18/2010
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    Thank you so much. I was honored to help you. Any time. Thank you all for the gift bags. Your awesome.

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