- Great Taste - 20090812 - Chef Gordon Rader of IHCC

After almost three years we FINALLY are getting some professional cooks into our KRUU studio kitchen! Chef Gordon Rader, Program Director and Lead Culinary Instructor at Indian Hills Community College, takes over the duties of cooking James Moore's dinner, and he's bringing a crew to help: Adam Darland, a recent graduate from the IHCC program and Jon Ulrich one of his current students. The menu includes eggplant parmesan and local greens plus lots of insight into what goes into a culinary education.

Lights, camera, action!! Fairfield Public Access Cable (FPAC) will record this show for future broadcast. We're hoping to video most upcoming episodes of GREAT TASTE so you can doubly enjoy our kitchen antics.

Chef Rader is a Certified Executive Chef (CEC). He has more than 30 years of hotel and restaurant experience including extended stays in Canada and Mexico, and a brief stint in England. Along with his staff and the administration at IHCC they have created a top-notch culinary program with Chef Rader integrating the important principles of fresh, local, and sustainable food choices along with the necessary technical knowledge and skills to run a ktichen. You can check out what's happening in his kitchen through his blog and on Twitter

Want to get a little insight into Chef Rader before the show? Check out what he has to say. "My students often compare my classes to episodes from “Hell’s Kitchen” with Gordon Ramsey! It’s not that we’re purposefully trying to be threatening, it’s just that this is one of the most difficult and demanding fields in the workplace today. Local industry chefs and restaurateurs invest hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars in facilities, equipment, and advertising in order to provide a service to clients and, most importantly, to make money. They are a demanding bunch themselves and require employees that are able to “cut the mustard,” so to say! The time we, as instructors, spend with students is short and the amount of information to cover is heavy, so we don’t have time to hold hands, sing Kumbaya around the campfire, or mince words. I don’t ask my students to try to be the best, I demand the best from each of them."