My Participation Grade

I believe realistically I earned a B regarding my participation grade. I believe that I did prepare for readings thoroughly and I produced alternate ways to interpret readings, particularly in discussions in groups where we offered group answers.

For example, for the peer review rubric concerning the research essay, the criteria stating, “Does the writer rely on too much summary? Or does the writer present an argument?” was an idea that I contributed to the group, to which I meant more along the lines of saying, “Does the writer truly analyze and create meaningful analysis from their evidence, or simply summarize what the quotation and source is saying?”

I felt that I offered a good amount of analysis in regards to our readings, particularly when some of our group did not have anything they themselves felt were useful or meaningful enough. Like when our group analyzed the article, Working in the Shadows, I felt that while some members of our group offered small little tidbits of information i did my best to summarize all our analysis as well as offering the bulk of what I understood and came up with. 

In response to presentations, while we never really did any formal presentations, I felt that my blog showed that I put in a good amount of effort with making it seem meaningful. I tried my best to be creative while trying to add my own flavor of humor (like the brief recipe, or Gordon Ramsay biography).


Research Essay

– Different cooking styles from the background of different chefs (like how Martin Yan cooks  Cantonese Chinese food, and Ramsay cooks with various European styles like French, Italian).

-What is the role of food in distinctly different types of society, or in other words, what does food do in different societies aside from just being eaten? Are they a way of opening diplomatic situations? What is the typical dinnerside attitude? Are they hectic with a lot of food around with people talking over each other? Or are people calm with minimal talking? Does placement in class structure create a standard at the table? How are manners different in a place like the Philippines versus Italy?

Works Cited for Chef Gordon Ramsay

Works Cited:

“Chef Gordon.” London Restaurant Reservations. Gordon Ramsay Holdings, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.

“Gordon Ramsay Biography.” A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.

“Gordon Ramsay.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Mar. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.

Ramsay, Gordon. Humble Pie. London: HarperCollins, 2006. Google Books. Google Inc., 1 Apr. 2010. Web. 3 Apr. 2013.

Gordon Ramsay

Known for his incredibly overwhelming brash and harsh demeanor, Gordon Ramsay was born into a difficult family, with a father who worked several jobs and was labeled an abusive alcoholic. However from humble beginnings Ramsay would work his way up the culinary chef ladder to become a well-renowned chef where the quality of his food would only be matched by his strong personality.

Credit to:

Credit to: http://thebrandbuilder.

Born under the name Gordon James Ramsay on 1966  in the town of Johnstone, Scotland, he grew up in Stratford-upon-Avon, England until the age of five. After a brief four year stint in soccer, a knee injury permanently prevented a return to sports.

Returning to college to earn a degree in hotel management, Ramsay apprenticed with some of Europe’s most prestigious chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Albert Roux, and Guy Savoy until 1993 where Ramsay began his career for the first time as a head chef. Earning a two-star rating from Michelin, Ramsay was awarded the “Newcomer of the Year” at the 1995 Catey Awards. Over the next few years, Ramsay would open several new restaurants,  notably his first in 1998 with his own namesake Restaurant Gordon Ramsay in London, Petrus in London, and the now-defunct Verre in Dubai. Most notably, Restaurant Gordon Ramsay remains London’s longest-running restaurant to hold the three-star Michelin rating, and Ramsay remains one of only four chefs in the UK to maintain three stars. In 2006, Ramsay received the Order of the British Empire award from Queen Elizabeth II for his services to the food industry.

During this time also, Ramsay published several novels depicting his work and passion for cooking, such as Chef for all Seasons published in 2000. His introduction to television began with the British documentary Boiling Point where his harsh temperament, liberal use of “tongue lashing” would become iconic to his character in Europe, the U.K, the United States, and wherever else his programs were aired. Eventually, several sequels  like Ramsay’s Kitchen Nightmares, and the American equivalent Hell’s Kitchen USA.

Works Cited:

“Chef Gordon.” London Restaurant Reservations. Gordon Ramsay Holdings, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.

“Gordon Ramsay Biography.” A&E Networks Television, n.d. Web. 01 Apr. 2013.

“Gordon Ramsay.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 31 Mar. 2013. Web. 31 Mar. 2013.

For your further enjoyment:

How to Make Cheese Quesadilla/Pita “wraps”

1. Ingredients: Pita/Tortilla wraps, cheese of your choosing (for this, I chose the Tillamook Mexican Two-Cheese Mix with Pita bread).DSC01080

2. Cover approximately half of the wrap/tortilla with cheese, and then fold over the cheese-covered half with the other half of the wrap.DSC01083

3. Two ways of cooking:

– On a stove:

      a. Keep heat on low, flip after about three minutes, finish cooking once the wrap darkens or the cheese melts.

– (What I did)In a microwave:

      a. Microwave for approximately 1 min. 30 sec, any longer and the cheese will harden.DSC01085

4. Enjoy.



Divided We Eat


Lisa Miller, a self-declared disciple of Michael Pollan, argues in The Daily Beastarticle Divided We Eat that it proves more difficult for lower class families to afford nutritious food compared to junk food. The lower class families use their money and food stamps on junk food like soda instead of buying healthy good food.

Detail that uses evidence:

  • “between 2004 and 2008 based on data from Seattle-area supermarkets. While food prices overall rose about 25 percent, the most nutritious foods (red peppers, raw oysters, spinach, mustard greens, romaine lettuce) rose 29 percent, while the least nutritious foods (white sugar, hard candy, jelly beans, and cola) rose just 16 percent.”
    • The prices of the most nutritious food had the largest price increase between 2004 and 2008 compared to the least nutritious foods.
  • “In recent weeks the news in New York City has been full with a controversial proposal to ban food-stamp recipients from using their government money to buy soda.”
    • The low-income families had no choice but to buy junk food with their food-stamps which is their cheapest options, which New York City is currently trying to prevent.
    • For them, healthy, regular meals are a necessity—and so he does what he can on $75 a week. “To get good food, you really got to sacrifice a lot. It’s expensive. But I take that sacrifice, because it’s worth it.” Suluki uses his food stamps at the farmers’ market. He sorts through the rotten fruit at the local supermarket.
      • By using Suluki’s lifestyle, the writer shows that even with a low budget, it is possible to eat healthy with good food.

To Cook, Or Go To McDonald’s. That Is The question.

The The New York Times article, Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One, or 6 Billion by Mark Bittman describes that the best diet is only the food that you can cook from your own kitchen. There often, as the article points out, a BIG misconception that those so-called microwave dinners are cheaper than what you can make at home. If you can drive to McDonald’s, you can sure drive to the supermarket. Through just learning how to cook stir-fry, chopped salads (seriously, if you can’t make a salad there’s no hope for you), and rice and lentils, you’ve saved yourself most likely a couple of dollars and inches off your waist. Just learning how to make little things like these are already a huge step in a country dominated by the fast food culture. I certainly believe this argument, especially when Bittman compares the nutritional facts of rice/lentils vs. a KFC Chicken Pot Pie, and in my mind there is no comparison that the rice/lentils, or any recipe he offers in that case are far more healthier than anything you can get for dinner at a fast food joint.