by CIA Chef-Instructor John Reilly '88
When you first learn to cook it's all about following a recipe. As you grow and develop into a cook, you will start to rely on techniques, methods and ratios; you will put the recipes away and prepare dishes as an informed and educated cook.
Before you start to cook, you must be able to visualize the process. You must map it out, strategize and plan. It is at this point that you can go forward with great courage and passion.