The kitchen is the perfect place to grow into the people we want to be. It is a workspace that demands attention and care, and offers enormous potential for individual and group creativity and an opportunity to explore and identify our personal tastes. Every action we make, whether it is chopping, kneading, or pushing a broom, offers us a chance to do our best. It provides us with the opportunity to listen, contemplate, take action, and find joy. And when a project is complete, the rewards are immediate and well worth the effort. This course is designed to cultivate each student's abilities, senses, imagination, and confidence. We will dive deeply into the inner workings of our commercial kitchen, cooking and experimenting as we go. We will work on individual and group projects; discuss current issues as they pertain to food; and practice menu planning, recipe development, timing, and presentation. Our goal throughout is not simply to get the job done, but to find one's own voice in the midst of each process and emanate that clarity like the wafting scent of garlic sizzling in olive oil, for the benefit of the whole. In this way, kitchen training is life training. * Each day will culminate in a shared mid day meal and group clean up.