On the strawberry patch: Take a culinary pop quiz

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A pop quiz in culinary school is unlike any other.

In our school, every so often we would enter our classroom to find a bin on each station filled with a random assortment of ingredients. Our task was to create a cohesive dish featuring those ingredients.

Any avid viewers of the Food Network will recognize this challenge. It forces cooks to use their imagination and be resourceful, and to practice the necessary art of utilizing old ingredients before they are wasted. The biggest challenge was when the instructor would add a required theme: must be French inspired, must be an appetizer, must be vegan and gluten-free, etc.

This skill

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