So You Want To Be A Waiter

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Did you hear the one about the blind chef?

No, there’s no punchline. Well, not exactly.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Blind woman learning to be a chef

Student at Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago hopes to open restaurant one day

A kitchen is a spiritual place for Laura Martinez, a space that arouses her senses, excites her imagination. It’s not where she imagined herself finding such satisfaction. When she was too young to understand that she was blind, she dreamed of being a surgeon. She grew up and out of such fantasies and studied briefly to be a psychologist.

But the kitchen beckoned. It lured her away from her family in Moline, Ill., to the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago.

“I’d never worked with a blind student before,” said Karine Bravais-Slyman, who heads the institute’s general education department, “but Laura did incredibly well in the kitchen. She showed many students that even with this type of impairment, she could still do better than students who have their sight.”

Read the rest of the article here:

http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2009/dec/27/food/chi-blind-chef-27-dec27

In the next post, we’ll reveal the “punch line”…

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