Mastery - From Gourmet to Guild

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1 Mastery: From Gourmet to Guild (Writing Assignment #1) AB FSCC 100 Drs. R & B Due Date: 9/29/06 If one were asked to compare a professional mechanical engineer with a master chef, the person asked would probably just stare blankly, or quite possibly not even respond. How could a master chef be compared to an engineer? Food and machines are not easily compared. Yet in reality, a mechanical engineer and a master chef are both powerful manipulators. One uses math, machines and materials to create a variety of structures and devices to satisfy our needs. The other performs the same task with food to satisfy our hunger. The concept is the same, and both require creativity. Neither is programmed to perform; both are driven. Each occupation faces the same obstacle- achieving the highest status. What Michael Ruhlman teaches us in The Soul of a Chef: the Journey toward Perfection is that a person needs to achieve divinity in any profession. The courses an engineer must pass for his/her degree is very similar to the Certified Master Chef (CMC) examination. A candidate for the CMC examination must spend ten days away from their families to be under possibly the most intensive scrutiny in their lives (Ruhlman 7). An undergraduate student at Case Western Reserve University will pay over $40,000 a year in efforts to attain a degree. Consequently, nearly all engineering students will move away from home, live in a dormitory, and work intensively for eight semesters while aspiring to become a professional engineer. More specifically, a mechanical engineer will be trained and tested in a variety of fields, some of which may seldom come up again throughout his or her career. Chemistry is rarely ever used in the field of mechanical engineering, and yet chemistry is intensely focused on for an
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2 entire year at Case. “‘Does a cook need to know [how to prepare charcuterie]? No. Does a chef? Maybe. Does a master chef? Yes.’” (Ruhlman 38). Charcuterie is rarely prepared in the world of
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