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The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas would like to thank everyone who came out for this year’s Flavors of The Heart event! Guests were able to sample many specialties from the 30 plus Chefs who prepared their healthy dishes.

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Here are some photos from our Teen Cook Competition winners! They are currently completing an internship at The Smith Center. On Friday, in between other intern duties, Kevin Rueda prepared three stuffed chicken breast plates. He was given a mystery basket of ingredients – all of which had to be used. He also had a time limit of one hour and was given free range to be as creative as he could with the ingredients given. He did a great job, had lots of fun, and learned a great deal of time management and cooking techniques!

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Bartending can be a terrific occupation for the right person. They are responsible for mixing and serving drinks to customers, typically working in bars, restaurants or other licensed establishments. They contribute to the vibe and success of the establishment they are serving at.

The most successful bartenders have certain qualities and skills that lead them to becoming more successful, getting the best tips and making a steady career.

Knowledgeable

A bartender must be knowledgeable about drinks. Mixology skills are an essential quality of a great bartender. They should know off hand how to make the most common drinks, and if they really want to bring in the tips and impress customers, creating new mixes are handy skills to have as well.

Memorization

To keep customers happy, having a keen memory is essential. Great bartenders have excellent memories. Bartenders must also remember regular customers’ drinks, as well as what new customers are currently drinking. On top of this, they also have dozens of drink recipes to memorize.

Customer Service

The nature of this job is to serve customers, and a great bartender needs to have outstanding customer service skills. Customer service skills mixed with a good personality will make a very favorable bartender. The most successful bartenders have friendly, outgoing personalities and connect well with customers.

Money Handling Skills

Bartenders also act as cashiers and must possess strong money-handling skills. They should be able to quickly make calculations and give correct change back to customers.

Preparedness

Anything can happen when dealing with customers and alcohol. Therefore, bartenders must be prepared to handle unusual situations such as uncommon drinks or larger than usual crowds. Liquors and wines should always be stocked, and the bar clean and ready for customers.

If you’re looking to become a bartender or are interested in improving your bartending skills, The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas has a Bar Apprentice Class that would be perfect you! Students will learn about work forms, handling cash, basic drinks, customer services, and bartender interactions.

If you are motivated to learn more about being a bartender, and think that this career is the right fit for you, visit The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas for more information.

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Thinking about hosting a party this St. Patrick’s Day? Ditch the beer today and show off your skills by putting a twist to an iconic cocktail this St. Patty’s Day! With so many different choices out there, it’s hard to pick just one – but here are a few of our favorites that you should try!

Shamrock Juice

What better way to get into the holiday spirit than with Shamrock Juice? Consisting of gin, vodka, rum, tequila and blue Curacao. Fill the glass with ice and garnish it with an orange slice, this bright festive green drink is the perfect refresher. Perfect alongside a plate of salmon or on it’s own, this drink is a must try this St. Patrick’s Day!

Irish Flag Layered Shooter

This shooter is a fun choice for St. Patrick’s Day. This bright green shooter is sweet, delicious, and perfect as a substitute for dessert. The green Crème de Menthe, Irish Cream and Licor 43 mix together to create a unique indescribable taste that is refreshing to say the least.

Green Dragon

This gin based cocktail has an array of herbal flavors.  Sweet flavor with hints of black licorice. This fun drink typically uses Crème de Menthe, Kummel and notes of orange bitters.  

Minty Mint

This St. Patrick’s Day inspired drink is rum based with flavors of mint, caramel, and molasses. This sweet drink is light and goes well with lamb or chicken dishes. It’s perfect for cooling off, and the minty flavor makes it the ultimate drink for cold weather.

Irish Coffee

And last but not least, what’s St. Patrick’s Day without an Irish Coffee? This is a classic cocktail. Consisting of coffee, Irish Whiskey, and Irish cream. Skip the dessert or have it with a piece of cake. Either way, this drink is a must-try this St. Patty’s!

Regardless of if you’re Irish or not, this holiday is a great excuse to get into the spirit and celebrate by having a few drinks. Want to learn how to make drinks like these and put a spin on your own? You’ll learn everything you need to know and become an expert at making drinks when you take the Bar Porter Class and the Bar Apprentice Class at the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas! Contact us today to inquire about our classes!

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Pursuing a career in the Culinary Arts can be very rewarding. There are numerous job opportunities in the thriving food industry. The type of jobs that are available however, depend on your specialization. There are different career areas to choose from, each requiring a certain personality, skill and passion.  

Chefs

The skill level and effort involved in food preparation varies when cooking for a family, a party or a commercial institute. Enjoying cooking at home is a good first step, but there is a lot more to consider.  One of the biggest factors that determines your ability to thrive in a career as a chef is your ability to manage stress. Chefs deal with short-term stress on a regular basis. The ability to adapt to an ever changing set of circumstances is crucial.

Multi-tasking is key. Chefs manage many important things at the same time. Not only do they have to multi-task time sensitive dishes, but they must also manage their staff. Creativity is another essential skill. Many recipes are taken, modified and named something else, but if you have the creativity to make your own recipes, this will define your career.

Bakers

Cakes, pastries, cookies and pies, always look perfect before we eat them.  It takes a certain personality and skill to create such flawless desserts. Bakers must be detail oriented in order to ensure each tasty delight is perfectly decorated.

Following recipes and exact measurements is a skill in itself, which takes patience and organization. So if you have an eye for detail and can follow instructions, a profession in baking is the area for you.

Kitchen Stewards

If cooking or baking doesn’t appeal to you, but you still crave a career in the Culinary industry, perhaps working behind the scenes as a kitchen steward is for you. Kitchen Stewards play a major role in the restaurant industry, and in most instances carry the reputation of the restaurant.

A kitchen steward must be responsible, diligent, efficient and well organized in order to succeed. Kitchen Stewards must ensure that the cleanliness of the kitchen and dining area is perfect and maintained at all times. Aside from kitchen related duties, the steward is also responsible for the staff and customer satisfaction.

Whether your passion is creating dishes, designing treats, or managing the kitchen, a career in Culinary may be an excellent option for you! Contact The Culinary Academy of Las Vegas and get started today!

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