“Cooking is all about people. Food is maybe the only universal thing that really has the power to bring everyone together. No matter what culture, everywhere around the world, people get together to eat.” – Guy Fieri
Last October 7, 2017, Eton Global Institute had held a Bread Workshop at R.V Marzan Building, Sampaloc, Manila. Mrs. Jacqueline Marzan-Tolentino, President and Founder of the school, is full of smile and positive aura as she introduced herself and the chefs of the Eton Global Institute before starting the workshop. She told us the history of their family and story how the idea of establishing the school started. She welcomed us like we are her guests in her home and that the school is her home.
The Bread Workshop was attended by 25 new learners. The goal of this workshop is that, of course, to learn how to make different varieties of bread and also gain new friends. Here is the list on what I loved about the Bread Workshop:
Unexpectedly, the workshop was really fun. I thought that since we are making bread, it would be really hard and I won’t have the chance to get to know my group mates. The approach of the workshop was to make sure that there is teamwork. And we get to interact and bond with each other. Thanks to their bread workshop, I gained new friends.
This may be the new approach to team building. Funny, we just did the cliché thing- when there is food, there is a gathering. Here at Eton, Not only we gathered around to make food, but we shared the hardship and love to put into the bread. And the best part was, we get to bring home the bread that we made.
At first, before the demo starts, I thought it would be a challenge to learn how to make bread with so many of us. During the demo, Chef Kazzie used a show-and-tell teaching style. She was very organized. She separated the ingredients by sets and mixed it one set at a time. In that way, we would know which of the ingredients should go with. She showed us what the dough should look like before fermenting it. The demo is by stage process so that it is easier for us to recall the procedure when it is time for us to do the procedure.
Since most of us are first-time bakers, all the chefs would go around and check our product and see how we are doing. They would assist us with the ingredients and tools that we needed. They would even cheer us sometimes when they see that we are having a hard time kneading. Actually, the chefs are a complete opposite of Gordon Ramsay (kidding, but it’s true).
FIRST TIMER FRIENDLY
As a first-time baker, you would be very nervous and scared that you might ruin the bread that you are making. But with the teaching approach of Chefs in Eton Global Institute, you will be well-guided. Very much well-guided, that you won’t even notice that you are having fun and doing great.
FULL OF LEARNINGS
During application of the demo, Mrs. Jacqueline would go to each of the group’s table and share important facts about the terms of baking and facts about the ingredients of the bread. She also showed us three kinds of flour and let us differentiate each flour. For a one-day workshop, it is just like having a quality education of being a chef. What more, if having a three or six-month professional diploma program of the Eton Global Institute.
If you are curious about other classes that they offer here is the list:
JUNIOR CULINARY CLUB: A fun-filled culinary program to gather mini aspiring chefs to an interactive cooking class. Their creativity in the making of nutritious food for healthy eating and living is encouraged. Every Saturday morning, they are invited to discover a new cuisine, taste new food and learn how to make it in an entertaining way.
LIFESTYLE COURSE: This program was designed for adults who are curious to discover several cuisine and recipes. They offer a new class every week, with an average of 5 recipes for each theme. The goal is to teach our students the secrets of several kinds of cuisine, with hands-on practice and theory. And also, for the students to obtain life-lasting skills and to help them become self-reliant.
DIPLOMA COURSE: They offer 3 to 6 months professional programs in Culinary and Pastry Arts, Food & Beverage Operations, Bar Management and Hospitality Services. These programs were specially conceived by their best chefs in order to provide the students quality training and all the knowledge they will need to start their career and make their professional dreams come true.
Beginners Class: 1 Day Session.
Masters Class: 2-3 Days Session.
Special occasions: Individual classes, Private parties, Family celebrations, Professional parties, Events catering.
OCTOBER TO NOVEMBER ACTIVITIES
FOR IQUIRIES, CONTACT THEM:
Contact Number: (02) 954 0662 / +63 998 864 3977.
Facebook page: @etonglobalinstitutemanila