A 2011-12 Flashback--Culinary Club learns about Korean cooking Monday, July 02, 2012 By ECHO Staff/Campus News
The Culinary Club took advantage of Chef Lee Ashbrook’s friendship with an expert in Korean cooking and learned a great deal about cooking in that genre this past spring. Originally from Los Angeles, Min Son is a friend of Ashbrook's, and he arranged her visit to Trinity’s Culinary Club gathering. Min Son, who works with Dreams with Wings, explained that some of her recipes were "morphed" from Korean to match American ingredients and tastes. Fourteen students in all grade levels attended and cooked that day. The club has had as many as 35 participants for meetings this year. "It was a pleasure to work with the boys," Min Son said. "Chef Lee and Chef Mark DeBonis are great with these guys," Culinary Club moderator Dr. Debbie Heaverin said. "They are patient and kind as they truly love their craft and enjoy sharing it with our students." According to Heaverin, during each Culinary Club meeting, Chef Lee divides students into cooking teams and each team is given a recipe. It’s up to the guys to navigate the kitchen and gather the ingredients, utensils, bowls, pans, etc., to begin making the dish. Chef Lee and Chef Mark supervise and assist when needed, but "our guys do almost all the work," Heaverin said. Once the food is ready, before eating, Ashbrook gathers the group together and has the teams discuss their recipes by explaining how they made the dish and what ingredients were used. After everyone has explained his team’s creation, the guys get to eat the meal. Afterward, they clean up, complete with using the school's huge dishwasher, and put all items away. "At the end of the meeting, Chef Lee has the guys decide on what they would like to cook the next time," Heaverin said. "This year, they’ve made soups, breakfast, desserts, seafood and now Korean food." At the end of the school year, students prepared a meal and invited their parents to join them for their creations. In addition to cooking, the Culinary Club also took a field trip to Jungle Jim’s International Market in Cincinnati.