Thursday, April 23, 2009

PCC Cooks takes IACP honors, acronyms rule day!

First off, let me just say how proud I am of PCC Cooks, the avocational cooking school I've been teaching at for the last 4 years that just took the 2009 Award of Excellence at the International Association of Culinary Professionals Conference (IACP). Huge kudos to Marilyn McCormick, Jackie DeCicco, Rachel Welker and Alicia Guy for making the program the huge success we always knew it was. Now, it appears, everyone else will be in on the secret; PCC Cooks just may be the best avocational cooking school in the country. We've already taken Seattle. We'll soon take over the world. Mwah-ha-ha-ha.

L-R: Jackie DeCicco, PCC Cooks Writer; Marilyn McCormick, PCC Cooks Manager;
Alicia Guy, PCC Cooks Program Assistant; and Rachel Welker, PCC Cooks Program Specialist, all looking rather studly, don't you think?

Now, for those who don't speak acronym, PCC stands for Puget Consumer's Cooperative, a collection of 9 organic markets scattered around the Puget Sound region. PCC Cooks is the 25 year old cooking school that has taught our community how to boil water, make sushi, cook pho, bake gluten-free, celebrate the Pacific Northwest in food and wine, and showed Seattle's kids how to get involved in the kitchen.

I may be biased (shamelessly so, I'm afraid) but I have always said that PCC is one of the best places to teach cooking. The kitchens are beautifully set up, gorgeous product is at your fingertips and generous, hard-working volunteer assistants, two helping you at each class, allow the teachers to work seamlessly and efficiently.

Finally, I just want to point out how much the group photo at the top looks eerily similar to my 3rd grade class photo, albeit made up of a bunch of folks who - apparently - just kept flunking and flunking and flunking elementary school. Marilyn, thanks for holding up Mrs. Talmadge's 3rd Grade Class Sign, er... I mean our IACP Certificate of Excellence.

1 comment:

Jesse Selengut said...

Mrs. Talmidge would be pointing to the plaque with her middle finger... (she must have known!)


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