Staring down a milestone age, Bob Foulkes was not content to experience life from the comfort of his easy chair. From competitive running, cycling, and swimming to travelling the world and extensive volunteering, Bob had experienced his fair share of adventures. Then he turned 60. Semi-retired, restless, and yes, bored, Bob was ready for his next adventure.
Inspired by Julia Child’s passion for food and a certain French animated French ‘Rat’, Bob takes his leap and enrolls in the six-month culinary program at Vancouver’s renowned Pacific Institute of Culinary Arts. And so begins his next adventure — 1,000 hours of intensive training in the art of classical French cooking.
In this hands-on program where students are expected to work hard and put in long hours, Bob — the oldest student in the class, by a long shot — faces the many rigorous mental and physical challenges of culinary training with grace, humility, and good humour. As he learns the ropes in the kitchen, he makes some unexpected discoveries about himself, his relationships, and the meaningful role that preparing and sharing food has had in his life.
Filled with technical and personal details of Bob’s culinary education, this behind-the-scenes account of life in a professional training kitchen is both eye-opening and inspiring.
" I had a wonderful time with this book. It is full of warm wit and the ups and downs of life in the culinary world. A good read for anyone who loves the behind the scenes in a restaurant style of non-fiction. I work in a professional kitchen and recommend this to all the young kids I know headed off to cooking school -- it will definitely give them a taste of what they are in for, and hopefully also let them know that they will never hit a point in life where they will stop learning!" Joy McBride, Vancouver, BC
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Published March 27, 2012
by Bob Foulkes.
Biographies & Memoirs, Cooking.