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Gastronomic "Tour" of Chile

On Tuesday morning, the students met at Instituto Técnico Profesional Marítimo in Cerro Playa Ancha for a cooking class.  It is a technical high school that offers a four-year career in Gastronomy.  We were divided into 5 groups, each led by a fourth-year student, to prepare a distinct appetizer, main course, and dessert.  

 

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We learned about the importance of fresh ingredients in Chilean cuisine.  It was a great opportunity to work with some uniquely Chilean products and to learn about typical dishes, such as "cazuela" (a chicken stew), ceviche, empanadas, "pastel de choclo"(corn pie) , and lots of seafood (including "cochayuyu"--seaweed!). 

 

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Of course, we saved the best for last--dessert!!  Our postres included flan, ice cream, meringue, and two versions of "huesillo con mote" (a typical peach dessert).  

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We also got to see first hand how a professional kitchen works; the importance of being organized, keeping track of time, and finally, presentation. It wasn't easy, but the groups worked very diligently to prepare a great meal!

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Thank you again to our wonderful student leaders and of course, Miguel and Jan Carlos, the lead professors.  It truly was one of of our favorite experiences in Valparaíso.  

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