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And now…the rest of the story

Yesterday, I talked about , Laura Martinez, the blind lady who wanted to, trained for, and became a chef.

Don’t ya just love a happy ending, especially one as juicy as this one?

Charlie Trotter job offer makes blind chef’s dreams come true

Tribune profiled woman’s quest in December

By Rex W. Huppke, Tribune reporter

January 27, 2010

In late December, the Tribune profiled a young blind woman chasing her dream of becoming a chef. Laura Martinez will finish her work at the prestigious Le Cordon Bleu culinary program at the Cooking and Hospitality Institute of Chicago this spring, but she was worried her disability might make it difficult to find work doing what she loves.

Passionate about food and, according to the head of the program, tremendously skilled, Martinez’s worries are now over.

A producer for CBS “The Early Show” read the Tribune story and decided to send a crew to report on Martinez. To add a twist, CBS arranged for renowned Chicago chef Charlie Trotter to come with them to watch Martinez at work in the cafeteria kitchen at the Chicago Lighthouse, a center for people who are blind or visually impaired.

“We thought he’d go, he’d offer some encouragement and that would be that,” said Robert Kozberg of CBS.

Instead, the chef offered Martinez a job.

Read the rest of the article here:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chicago/ct-met-blind-chef-20100127,0,6107489.story

Behind the scenes at Charlie Trotter’s, from the very fine, and ironically named (at least in this case) blog, “Taste With the Eyes”, from Lori Lynn. Visit her blog here:

http://www.tastewiththeeyes.com/

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”…

New link added – Chef’s Blade

http://chefsblade.monster.com/

This is Monster.com’s “specialty site” for chefs and cooks.

There has a always been a bit of a gulf between front-of-the-house and back-of-the-house (commonly abbreviated as FoH and BoH). Waiters should make the effort to learn more about the people who bust their asses in hot and dangerous conditions in order for the guest to get top quality food.

This site can help in that regard, or at least it’s a good starting point.

It’s also good for guests, who sometimes think that the food magically appears from inside a black box.

For any cooks or chefs that might read my blog from time to time, it’s a sueful site because, let’s face it, it’s a Monster.com site and it’s geared toward networking and career information. Every kitchen person should become a member of this site.

I’ll be adding more kitchen specific links in the future as well.