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Jun. 15, 2005
LA Training

Last week, I went to a fun training seminar in Los Angeles.  It was held in this great test kitchen, that was set up so that you could make just about any type of food.  One section had a gourmet coffee set-up, with a machine that ground the beans and instantly made you an espresso or coffee drink!  Another area of the kitchen was set up for making ice cream and other frozen desserts!  There was another section for making drinks - set up kind of like a bar.  The main section where we worked had mixers and ovens and an awesome gas stove.  Chef Adam, a cute, young, energetic guy works in the kitchen full-time and was there to assist us.  There were only 4 people in the class, so there was lots of one-on-one interation.  The assignment was to come up with an idea for a new food product and then create it.  Everyone got busy searching through various ingredients, mixing, tasting, baking, etc.  At first, I had trouble deciding what to create, but after a couple espressos, the ideas started to flow.

After lunch, there was a little product showcase.  It was really amazing how many differnt product ideas the group had generated and I thought that they were all really quite good.  There was everything from savory snacks, wildly colored crunchy sweets, decadent indulgent snacks and delicately flaved chewy candies.  It was a great reminder for me that I should spend more time in my job brainstorming new ideas and seeing what comes out of it.  Afterall, that is one of the fun parts of being a food scientist - creating new foods.
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