Mise en Place, a term that we are all familiar with whether we knew it from past experience or first heard it hear at TCA. There is no disputing that a proper Mise en Place makes you more efficient and improves your work flow. But what happens when we forget to do our mental Mise en place?
For me mental Mise en place is a combination of physical and mental preparedness for school. We all have different lives, backgrounds and responsibilities outside of school and it is easy to let life get in the way. My challenge to you my fellow students is to do your mental Mise en Place. Did you study or cram last minute? Where are your books your pens and paper? Are you truly prepared for class or is your focus on what you did last night or what you have to do today? Are you participating in class or being disruptive? Is your uniform clean!? Is it ironed like it’s supposed to be? Does your uniform fit properly or are your pants dragging the ground. How about that neckerchief is it tied properly? Are you clean shaven? Is your hair pulled back or are you frantically searching for a hair thingy right before class? Are you serious about being here or are you still figuring things out? Do you carry yourself in a manner that is befitting of a future chef? What does being a TCA student mean to you? However you may answer these questions I hope that you want to make the most out of your time here.