See my stories (click on my head upper left), and the Live Video for the next 10+ hours only and 👉swipe to see the future chef beekeepers of tomorrow, that I met today.🙌. So much fun teaching 20+ soon-to-be chefs about honey, wax, and pollen today @CulinaryLabOC in Tustin California (where I’m the Culinary Gardener.)
We learned where each come from/how each are made, how to harvest with respect to the work bees do to cultivate all, as well as the nutritional and medicinal benefits of each. (*If you’re in Los Angeles, this course will be upcoming @GourmandiseLA ). I shared 6 (!!!) 😳wow-worthy honeys, and mead — none like a t you’ve had before. We also sampled some pretty special comb, and discussed original ways to weave honey through food and beverage menus.
I stressed that 8lbs of honey is required to make 1 (ONE!) single ounce of wax, and that a bee will make merely 1/12th of a teaspoon of honey in her 5-week short life. These students didn’t waste a drop of either, and every wax capping was saved to feed back to the bees. #ZeroWaste
We demonstrated the electric uncapping knife, and the beauty of simply using a fork. We spun old school, in an Italian drum spinner that held only two frames at a time. 💪
I believe every chef needs a garden/beehive — every garden/beehive, a chef. The closer each of us is connected to our food, the more true to its essence, and creative we can become. I hope I inspired a few new gardeners and beekeepers today.
Perhaps most importantly, we discussed how chefs have incredible powers to educate consumers and steer them toward local, seasonal, and sustainable food sources in ways others can’t —THE reason I’m so passionate about working with chefs. The enthusiasm, attention and commitment were high (credit to @CulinaryLabOC ). Today could not have been sweeter. 😍 And yes, I washed those single-use plastic cups we used for mead tasting, for re-use! 💪
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