The Making of a Chef: Mastering Heat at the Culinary Institute of America Characters

Michael Ruhlman
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The narrator and main character throughout the autobiography, Ruhlman moves his family from Cleveland to Hudson Valley, New York simply to enroll at the CIA and learn how to become a great chef. He lives with his wife, a photographer and their small daughter.

Ruhlman starts out with a strong desire to learn how to cook, but a crisis of identity as to whether he sees himself as a true cook. Initially, Ruhlman is a writer who wants to know how to cook. After an important conversation with Chef Pardus, Ruhlman changes his direction. He suddenly realizes that he wants to be seen as a cook. This moment changes him and he begins to truly embrace his course sessions, although he has to sacrifice his unbiased perspective.

Along the way, Ruhlman learns a variety of techniques and gains a stronger understanding of the CIA and its...

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