tyrabanks Check out that fish! I fried it in class. That deep fryer grease was so HOT! I was terriFRIED!!! But it came out really good. Our instructor, Bad Ass Genius Chef Sandy, joked that I love me some pepper. Yeah, I am heavy handed with the pepper mill. Need to back up on that shake of my wrist. Nevertheless, my mama gave big props on my fish. Can't wait til York is old enough to taste his mama's FFFF - Famous Fierce Fried Fish!

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tyrabanks I have to say that when @theculinaryinstituteofamerica described my cooking course as "Boot Camp", they weren't joking! This is a photo of me about to leave for day 2 of class. Calm. Cool. Collected. But after an insane day of learning to FRY all types of things, I FEEL friggin' FRIED! The cod I was assigned was scary as hell to cook. I had to hold the fish inches from the hot grease in the deep fryer for about 10 seconds before letting go! Can you say TERRIFIED?! But, look Ma: No Burns! Just good, crunchy-on-the-outside/moist-on-the-inside fish. And my teammate killed it on the French Fries. They tasted like heaven. We even concocted some homemade seasoned salt to sprinkle all over them. I'm from INGLEWOOD, CA so seasoned salt is a MUST! IngleHOOD in the (Culinary School) house! 21h

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tyrabanks My team and I worked super hard on this Chicken Provençal. It looks so simple - but it AIN'T!
The theme of the day was SAUTÉING. You have NO idea how much time this took. First, we made all kinds of stocks on day one because we would use them as the base for most of our recipes all week. Stocks takes TIME! We used chicken stock for this sauce that we THEN had to made a ROUX from. My teammate did a magnificent roux. I then took his roux (yes, so many steps) and made this sauce which has tomatoes and olives as a main ingredient. I used the FOND (all the goodness that was stuck to the pan) from the sautéed chicken to give the sauce its intense flavor.
I was so tired after all that work, I almost didn't wanna eat. ALMOST didn't want to. Because you know I chowed down!

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tyrabanks At Culinary school, my mama and I always compare our creations.
Me: "My Chicken Provençal is tastier than YOUR dish, Mama."
Mama: "No, Ty. My Beef with Broccoli is gonna blow your lil' chicken away!"
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tyrabanks Guess who joined me on my culinary adventure! My mama!
For Mother's Day, her gift from me was for her to take her cooking chops to the next level. Since my bro and I have moved away from home, my mom has lost inspiration to cook for herself. She says it's not fun to cook when there's no children to share the food with.
But now, thanks to @theculinaryinstituteofamerica, her fire has been re-lit! She is soooo amazing in class. And she BOSSES me around BIGTIME! "Ty, you're holding the pan wrong!!!"
Augh!!!!
But there's still no one else that I'd wanna be in the cooking classroom with. We are going through some serious Mama/Daughter bonding.
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  •   deedeelavell Mama daughter bonding is the BEST! I lost my Mama to breast cancer 6 yrs ago. She was MY best friend! What a blessing to have that kinda r'ship with your mom too. Cherish it as u r doing. 1d
  •   alecdale @tempurra was Tyra at your school? 1d
  •   1blessedmom4 It my goodness! This touched my heart!1d
  •   jinna_huang 世上只有妈妈好,I hope you understand! 6h

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tyrabanks I have never been one to be very excited about cooking. I put all of my energy into my work and to succeeding, so instead of cooking, I eat at restaurants all the time, order in, or defrost frozen food in my microwave. That all changed the day my son was born.
I do not want him to grow up thinking that cooking is what happens only in fancy or fast food restaurants. I do not want the only cooking he witnesses to be when he turns on his television and sees famous chefs create masterpieces. I want to be his chef. I want him to go to college and miss his MOMMY'S masterpieces. I want all of his friends to be fighting to come to his house to sample his mother's culinary creations.
So, I did something about it. I enrolled in ad intensive Boot Camp at @theculinaryinstituteofamerica in St. Helena and I have to say, it changed my life. Come back today to experience my culinary journey in pictures...
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tyrabanks I went at this fruit like Pacman this morning. Started from that bottom tail and gobbled around the platter.
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tyrabanks I wanted to jump in so badly. But I had on a long dress and full face.
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tyrabanks When you're greeted with lipstick shaped candy at your hotel for your @TYRABeauty #KissMyFatBeach trip in the Dominican Republic, you know the beach party is gonna be off the hook! 4d

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tyrabanks I'm in heaven right now - or the Dominican Republic - celebrating 50 of my @TYRABeauty #Beautytainers success. Want some frescas? You gotta #KissMyFatBeach first! 4d

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tyrabanks Hope you can steal your eyes away from that gorgeous face to focus on the Tshirt. Want one? The Tshirt, that is. Not the MAN! Ha! Go to @nyledimarco to find out how to wear him on your chest. 4d

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tyrabanks Smize on Fire. Chillin', but with that lil' push of those full lips. @I.am.sandy.e's subtle force is oh so fierce. Tyra's #IGModelForce 5d

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tyrabanks Lips saying, "Ooh" in that rubber ducky kinda way, but @mrs_wyoming is still werkin' it. Ain't nothing wrong with a little Daffy Lip force from time to time. One can't deny.
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tyrabanks This badass, nails-on-fleek IG model is the newest addition to my #IGModelForce. Check @misscodylynn's pose. Fingers gracing chin, smize on overdrive, lips smooching. Too much? Yes. But oh so fierce? Yep. One cannot deny.
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tyrabanks My IG models are in full effect. @its.a.rosal.thing_1010 is giving face, forehead and forceful smoochy tooch lips. #Werk girl!
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tyrabanks I'm attempting that face that IG models do. Y'know. Very forced but...they kinda look hot when they do it. Can't lie. Much respect. #IGModelForce 1w

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tyrabanks Made me smile. Hi Angelique.

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