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Ai Fiori Kitchen – Eat Like What You Eat

After dining a delicious meal at Ai Fiori during restaurant week I asked to visit the kitchen a week later.
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Chef PJ Calapa generously opened his doors for my research. During this time I didn’t know what my thesis project was going to be.
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A lot of notes taking on the mannerism and rigors of being inside a professional kitchen.
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I helped prep some of these mushrooms. There’s a lot of prepping and dedication to bring on an exquisite meal.
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There’s a hierarchy in the kitchen and each time an order is placed one person announces the order and everybody chats in acknowledgement.
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The chef of pasta.
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Pastry has its own department. This divided chefs into different specialties. It reminded me of the fashion design world where if you’re a women’s night-ware designer you’re not necessary qualified to design women’s tee-shirts… But here I understand every ingredient has its unique temperament, chemistry and techniques.
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I learned a lot from watching the prep works. Details, it is the last 5% of effort that makes up the entire experience.
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I was very glad to see how spirited and congenial they are to each other. I felt I stepped into a family’s kitchen.
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Immaculate stealthness observed.
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I was overly excited to see the full picture of the meal I ate.
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This is part of the ‘Eat Like What You Eat’ thesis project. Back to Research and the Road Traveled page.

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