Culinary students explore pork video
The US Pork Checkoff is creating an educational CD about the exact origins of
Fewer young people growing up on farms today, leading to a disconnect with
agriculture, even on America's culinary schools.
The educational CD "Pork. One Cut at a Time" has to bridge that gap.
"As students are increasingly less agricultural, they really lose connection
with the animals," says Christopher Koetke, dean of the Culinary School at
Kendall College in Chicago.
"But if you deconstruct it, all of those mystery cuts of pork start to make
sense, and this becomes a 'light bulb' experience for many students."
Students are introduced the whole pig, from the primal to specific cuts. They
also learn why some cuts are tender or tough, depending on their location on the
The digital format also allows them to review the material easily.
"Since you can't keep bringing in whole pigs, this excellent CD helps us
connect cooking methods to the different cuts, and students understand why they
make sense," Koetke says.
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