Matt Krueger - Thomas Zupansic - Paul Hansen - Alynn Davis to name a few.... quite a few but love to find more...
Food... one of our awesome, hateful... well you can say it's a love and hate relationship that we have with food on a daily basis. We envy others who eat and don't gain an ounce or sympathize with those who eat and gain a pound. Now, I am not looking for any path to offensive words for personal struggles (I am one of those too). Let us direct our focus on ...
For thousand of years people have cooked at the firepit and there's quite a few who can cook with skills and herbs, thus we appoint them to be our cooking masters. Deaf people included. I have listed a few above with links to their sites (some are Facebook pages).
I have also read some angst among those who are my fellows on Facebook when it comes to cooking in the kitchen. The biggest barrier... well there is two: One is Attitude and Two is Communication. I have said before that many deaf people are well versed in ways to communicate with the people at large.
Attitude is 'well you know deaf people can't" or "We can't communicate." Oy, really? Perhaps a rolling pin should be bonked upon your head, master chef, sir/madame.
Communication is well over discussed here through out my blog posts. So I would not bother with detailed explanation of what communication is defined as. In the world in the art of cooking - communication is essential, we all know that. So how do the line people communicate all the way up to the master chef communication skills.
The Language of Passion article outlines the works of deaf chefs as well as tips on how to communicate with deaf people. Justin Cunningham on Facebook commented that he always asks questions to ensure that he meets what is being asked because workers do not often provide enough information to ensure quality food service.
I have noted that many go into personal services as it provides a one-on-one service and less communication/attitudinal barriers. Kurt Ramborger and Josh Jansen work in kitchens. We all know Kurt went on Chopped and did well despite his experience with particular ingredient.
I place a challenge to the top chefs that have their own shows such as Chef Robert Irvine and Chef Gordon Ramsay to work with deaf chefs. I chose those two because they are the toughest challenges to come by and it would be amusing and a life experience to work with them communication-wise.
I have had Matt Krueger various times and places and he's awesome. I can imagine those who are committed to their craft being absolute awesome! Note the awesomeness of deaf chefs can be overshadowed by those who do not understand or attempt to compromise.
Change the attitude - communicate effectively: a big change in how your deaf chef will work for you.
Side note: Tipping our waiters/servers - see below Articles
Josh Jansen (Vegas Seven): http://vegasseven.com/dining/2011/06/02/deaf-chef
NTID/RIT: The Language of Passion - Deaf Chefs take a 'can-do' attitude into the kitchen Tips at end
Kurt Ramborger (was on CHOPPED): http://deafnetwork.com/wordpress/blog/2012/02/21/kurt-ramborger-deaf-will-fight-against-16-chefs-for-national-as-hottest-chef-in-america/
Why is it difficult to tip servers? First off, servers are usually earning at or less than the minimum wage, making tips their biggest earning avenues in their jobs. There are various avenues of payment in restaurants. Here are some information: History of Tipping Tipping.org-Discussion Board
Side Note: Some people blame deaf people for being lousy tippers. In reality, there are good and bad tippers no matter what kind of person they are. One reason I can think of why deaf people may be lousy (or de nada) tippers is because they did not learn how to be a tipper to begin with. Is tipping displayed and explained in person? Are boarding/residential schools using external environment resources to teach the tool and reason of tipping? Ummm... sometimes we focus on the little pixels that we forget the bigger picture. There's a YouTube on tipping using ASL but can't find it at this time. Once I do, I wll upda
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Currently I am an ASL teacher at a local college and at an high school. I received my Masters in Sign Language Education from Gallaudet University. At home, I am an activist within the community, Northwest Indiana. My son is in first grade and my daughter goes to E.C.L.I.P.S.E. ASL Preschool. Change begins with you and change is effective with a team.