First up is Yvette from Puerto Rico...She prepared dishes from her country such as Mofonggo and Deep fried Pork...I was very impressed with her Flan (Custard) because of its smooth texture...It was very rich and creamy, yum!
Her table setting by Jose
Arroz con Guandules with Fried Pork
Mofonggo cups con Camarones and Virgin Pina Colada
Individual servings of Flan and Family Style Flan
Next is Yin from Shang Hai, like most students did, she also prepared dishes from her country, a traditional Shang Hai cuisine...Well, what can you expect from a Chinese restaurant? They always have dumplings, steamed or fried, which I really love...Yin prepared Pork dumplings with broth. I didn't get to try it because of the filling. But I tried her dessert which is the Glutinous Rice balls rolled in Coconut flakes. I also had her Beef Curry which was really delicious.
Pork dumplings in broth
Lap Cheong stuffed Potato
Beef Curry with Steamed Rice
Glutinous Rice Balls
Next is Jose from Peru...He works as an on call server and he did most of the table settings for his classmates...For his appetizers, he prepared Mussels with Corn and Tomato relish...He also had Peruvian Ceviche with Posole...
Rice with Veggies; Ceviche
Papas A La Huancaina
Bacon wrapped Pork Tenderloin
And last but not the least is Jaime, who is a native of Bolivia...He prepared Bolivian cuisine...He is a restaurant owner in the neighborhood...
Shrimp with Potatoes for appetizer
Beef Tongue with Sweet Potato and Posole
For dessert, it's like a Pear Upside Down Cake
The students' presentations went really well...They presented cuisines from their country which, I guess, is very comfortable and easy for them...Some were mediocre in the palette, some were pretty to look at, some were quite "weird" looking, some were really well executed and some were professionally presented...Overall, they all really did a great job...I wonder how many of them will consider this as their career...That's a lot to think about because working in a real kitchen is no joke...It involves a lot of physical labor, as well as, mental stability...Goodluck!!!
Congratulations Culinary Arts students 2010-2011!!!