Expats and Culinary Education: Italian Chef or ESL Teachers?

As we know the English language is a landmark in the world. The advent of the Internet has further strengthened this linguistic domain.

Around the world we all feel the need to learn the English language and an English language teacher (mother tongue) can easily find work.

Being born in America or England allows you to automatically have a potential job. Obviously, we are talking about a job that hardly allows you to become rich. But you have a “spare wheel” always available.

065A “spare wheel” particularly useful for those who wish to live and travel abroad. The expats Americans, British and Australians can easily travel around the world and work as ESL Teachers. As we know in this profession there is a pre-requisite related to place of birth and language spoken by your parents.

For Italians there is something comparable: the work in the restaurants. The Italian cuisine over time has become more and more an international standard and restaurants in the world are more and more. In addition, thanks to the quality of Italian cuisine, Italian Cuisine is to be seen as a prerequisite for excellent work in many other restaurants such as international restaurants and restaurants that have no apparent geographical connotation.

Under this parallel between ESL Teacher and Italian Chef However, there is a substantial difference. ESL Teacher needs to be native speakers of the language. We learn the language, as we know, particularly well during the early years of age. Regarding the Italian Chef instead, good formation can lead to good results.

In fact, if you go to an Italian restaurant in the world you will find chefs who are often not Italian. Obviously there is a problem with the quality of the preparation of these chefs, many of whom have learned only hearing about or watching others or simply by reading cookbooks.

Many students, from all over the world, are applying to attend courses at the Chef Academy Italy. The aim of these students is to acquire the knowledge that will allow them to work in the world as Italian Chef. Obviously we can not say that the cultural background counts for nothing, I learned to make homemade pasta at age of seven playing with my mother. But anyway all this knowledge can be transmitted through training and work experience in an authentic Italian cuisine.

And here we begin to speak of Design

How can we distinguish authentic Italian cuisine or an authentic Italian chef? Very often we see the dishes (green, white and red) which were made of three Italian Flag colors, with the intention of sounding Italian. This design, which we might call trivial, it allows us to distinguish between what might be called true from what is not. The design of the Italian kitchen is simple but non-trivial. Use the three colors of the Italian flag in a recipe is almost always banal. I think the design of the dishes made at the Chef Academy Italy is in the highest sense of the term “Italian Cuisine”.

In the next article I will try to explain the meaning of Italian design on plates, in the meantime, waiting for your comments.

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Alberto Cecchi

Educational Consulting, international academic relations. Researcher in the new media, design and social media. Specialties: 15 years of experience as Lecturer at the Universities of Urbino and Perugia, Multimedia Design and Computer Science. Author of Books and Articles about Design, New Media, Internet Security Education (History of Cryptography).

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