In August, Kitchen Supervisor Amy Skaggs attended a two-day Premier Culinary Clinic where she learned a few new tricks of the trade from some of the industry’s leading executive chefs.
During the clinic, participants received intensive training on how to not only make their dishes taste good, but look good, too.
“The clinic was only two days, but they taught us a lot,” said Amy. “It was very hands-on with the chefs. We got to make new dishes and learn the best way to garnish plates.”
It was that emphasis on the final presentation of a dish that ultimately resonated with Amy the most.
“Since being back, I am more aware of what my plates look like when I send them out of the kitchen,” said Amy.
A member of the RPM staff for 11 years, Amy has a hand in virtually everything going on within the community’s kitchen on a daily basis.
“My responsibilities are to cook five days a week and keep the kitchen running as smooth as possible,” said Amy. “I also do the inventory and put in the orders two times a week—and when (the dining services director) is off, I try and keep the department running good.”
Away from the community, Amy enjoys spending time with family and working in her yard.
PHOTO: Amy Skaggs, center, stands with the leaders of the Premier Culinary Clinic she recently attended. The clinic’s emphasis on plate presentation has inspired Amy to make her food look good as well as taste good.