Sunday, February 9, 2014

Guess Where? Round 2

by student blogger Kristin

So the week is up! Have I stumped you with this hospitable picture of a fireplace here on campus? Well this alluring hearth can be found in none other than the Conrad Hilton Library. The Library is not only a popular study area for students on campus but is also home to the second largest collection of cooking books in the country, second only to the library of congress! Needless to say, this library is a great resource for any student at the CIA. And, if you sit by the fire, quite a cozy one too!

The fireplace is located on the main floor of the library within a popular study area. There are couches and a large table so students can cozy up to the fire and get some work done in between their busy class schedule. For those of you who did not know that it existed, it is definitely worth a visit.

For this week’s picture, I decided on something that represents a major theme instilled in the students’ heads when they begin at the CIA:

As anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant knows, timing is everything. Correct timing can keep customers happy, staff focused, and a restaurant successful. One of the first lessons we are taught as CIA students throughout the associate’s program is to maintain a sense of urgency. Although this may not seem to have anything to do with food, keeping this in mind can be the difference between life and death in the kitchen.

Imagine working in the kitchen on a busy Saturday night. All the tables are full and orders are coming in left and right, burying you with tickets. As if that wasn’t enough, your chef is adding to the pressure reminding you that every minute a customer doesn’t get their food could be a loss in sale. So what do you do? Where do you start? As CIA students, we’re taught to organize and conquer it all in a timely manner. Many students accomplish this by use of timer, clock or personal watch in order to at least keep themselves in check.

This beautiful clock can be found on campus and was something that I overlooked for years. It was not until my sophomore year, right before graduating with my associate degree, that a friend of mine pointed it out to me. Its face is decorated with the prized seal of our school and represents the architectural style that is found throughout campus.

This clock aids many students on their daily walk into the kitchen. But where is it? Here’s a hint, there are actually two clock towers on campus. Credit for giving me the location of either one!

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