My First Day at Culinary School in China

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    Going to culinary school in China is something I never thought I would do. But now I'm here, in Chengdu, Sichuan, at the Sichuan Higher Institue of Cuisine on a 2 year+ 1 year internship to being a Sichuan chef.
    I just dropped out of my masters in international trade to come here. This is what I really want to do, and I’ll be sharing journey of becoming a Sichuan cook with you. After living in Asia 3 years and being completely spoiled by the abundance of delicious and cheap street food in China, Malaysia, Thailand, Turkey, and India I’ve had no incentive to cook. It’s so easy and fun to hit the street and eat new food all the time, so I honestly think in 3 years, I’ve cooked less than 10 meals for myself. As I explored the Shanghai food scene last month, It dawned on me as I was about to enter my 3rd semester at the economics school here in Sichuan that I was studying there for no reason, what I really wanted to do is continue to create content and resources for YOU, through videos and text. I was merely studying there because I thought it was a good backup plan if foodrangin’ failed. But now I feel confident it won’t. I realized that I’m really good at eating, decent at producing videos and planning them out, alright at describing flavours, but, I can’t back it up with culinary skills. Over the last 2 years I’ve been bothered by this, until I recently watched the classic Julie and Julia and learned that even Julia Child herself couldn’t cook an egg when she entered the cordon bleu in France. So here we go, I’m going full in. I’m 100% committed to this.
    I’m going to learn to cook Sichuan cuisine, and it’s all starting here. This is the beginning of my new journey. And I want you to follow along with me.
    I had an insane first few days at school, and as you can see, my skills are not there, but I’m going to keep a positive mind through all the times I stumble and mess up and really do my best to learn and create some delicious food. Follow my instagram (thefoodranger) for updates of all these adventures, and I’m going to start keeping track of the recipes that we learn once I get settled in a little more. Leave me a commend down below letting me know what you thought guys, thanks a lot!
    I'm still planning on doing my Chinese + Indian street food tour videos, alongside these vlogs of my journey through culinary school.
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Comments • 3 146

  • Starfish
    Starfish 5 hours ago

    All the best to you.

  • bernie adin
    bernie adin 28 days ago

    Good for you for being humble enough to try & learn.

    TOMMYJOE STALLINGS 28 days ago

    I'm sorry but damn man I got alittle turned off because of your ignorance at the basics

    TOMMYJOE STALLINGS 28 days ago

    Good job my foody friend... You make me so oooooook hungry

  • Konway Chin
    Konway Chin Month ago +1

    Keep Up Friend.

  • bernie adin
    bernie adin Month ago

    You have tried a bit of a lot stuff. Good for you!

  • Vaishini Kumar
    Vaishini Kumar Month ago

    Dun give up man!!!!! Keep going!!!!

  • shalini hossain
    shalini hossain Month ago

    I just want to say keep going.....All the best

  • Ahtisham shafiq
    Ahtisham shafiq Month ago

    i want come chain for cooking school

  • Barb Neuhauser
    Barb Neuhauser 2 months ago

    You hang in there , you'll get it , Rome was not built in a day . Love your videos and travels

  • Ron way
    Ron way 3 months ago +1

    Is it like food war if so then I would like to join that school

  • Ray Ardinanda
    Ray Ardinanda 3 months ago

    never see sharpening stone that big, interesting

  • keval makwana
    keval makwana 3 months ago

    All the best..great decision
    ..I wish u all the success and happiness

  • chris fox
    chris fox 3 months ago

    Ah it's ok I'm a lefty too!!!!

  • TheFleetz
    TheFleetz 3 months ago

    Are still doing this Trevor?

  • David Chahine
    David Chahine 4 months ago

    Go trevor! Chase your dream buddy! Your going to be a pro a cooking in 2 yrs!

  • C Duschen
    C Duschen 4 months ago

    Good luck with all that, Trevor. Been there, done that. Try to watch how the others use the wok and fire. You'll get the hang of it. It was how I learned.

  • Van P.
    Van P. 4 months ago

    Congrats and good luck Trevor!
    Also that guy cooking with a leather jacket stylish lol

  • Klinta Klintan
    Klinta Klintan 4 months ago


  • kweezie
    kweezie 4 months ago

    did you finish the course? would be cool to see you do a cooking video

  • Purple Orchid
    Purple Orchid 4 months ago

    Good luck!!!...Follow your dreams and success will follow. Very proud of you! !!💖

  • Miz Parin
    Miz Parin 4 months ago

    Indonesian traditional food ➡

  • Miz Parin
    Miz Parin 4 months ago

  • 8MollyGlen6
    8MollyGlen6 5 months ago

    Keep practicing! It's like learning a new language :D The more you practice to cook chinese food, the best you will be ;) Good luck! Keeping eating and travelling!

  • fluffy pansita dvasquez

    I want to see you eting snack make a video about dat please I will. Love too whach you eting snack

  • fluffy pansita dvasquez

    hey how are you doing today I love too whach you video s

  • Jerome Pickus
    Jerome Pickus 5 months ago

    good luck

  • jawlineofprosperity
    jawlineofprosperity 6 months ago

    Are you still doing this Trevor?

  • U'r destiny sir fu
    U'r destiny sir fu 6 months ago

    chef't can i joint you whit you on your food journey around the world?.. cause i love to eat.

  • maung maung htay
    maung maung htay 6 months ago

    You should come to myanmar

  • Adrian Lozano
    Adrian Lozano 6 months ago

    Who knows one day you'll be cooking with chef Wang he's a rockstar dude.

  • Tony2Ton
    Tony2Ton 6 months ago

    Wow!!! Thank you for this video! I will definitely be following

  • Ginger Chen
    Ginger Chen 7 months ago

    Copy 別人不標準的説話,還有嘲笑的嘴臉,真是一個土驢女人,沒有見過世面的鄉巴佬!

  • 4injustwetrust
    4injustwetrust 7 months ago

    Worse than military service. lol

  • Anil Bhadke
    Anil Bhadke 8 months ago

    I think you like China than any other country

  • Yadro G.
    Yadro G. 8 months ago

    You are fearless. I love that. Keep the videos coming.

  • Thomas Shue's World
    Thomas Shue's World 9 months ago

    Making a living off TVclip videos, it's a no brainier to drop out of School.

  • Kangbo Liao
    Kangbo Liao 9 months ago

    2 year passed.

  • 狂berserk
    狂berserk 9 months ago

    You doing really good !!! You are really awesome to learn chinese !!! Salute to you brother !!!

  • Tuyet Phizzle
    Tuyet Phizzle 9 months ago

    Trevor, you’re such a good sport, that kind of learning environment isn’t a good one, but it’s still a LEARNING environment, nonetheless. Much respect, and extra extra high fives all around to your, now fiancée, Ting, for being supportive.

  • Dan Schwemin Jr
    Dan Schwemin Jr 9 months ago

    Trevor - I'm absolutely dying to know what brand of Chinese chef knife they supply to the students and if they can be purchased in the United States? Also, could you personally recommend any particular brands of Chinese chef knife? Thanks!

  • Kane Stone
    Kane Stone 10 months ago

    I dont think u have a talent for cooking :) .... keep travelling and continue your amazing videos .

  • Steve Chan
    Steve Chan 10 months ago

    I know this was from a year ago, hopefully you're still sticking with it. I'm a chef in SF & have gone through crazy schooling and been working in professional kitchen for 15+years & I still wouldn't feel comfortable enough to take on culinary school in Szechuan!!

  • Dat boi Kwesar
    Dat boi Kwesar 10 months ago

    Aaaaand...He never cooked anything again. End of the story.

  • 道吉祥
    道吉祥 10 months ago


  • Joakim CIA
    Joakim CIA 10 months ago

    Love the way you even evaluate your own dishes. Good luck man. Going food ranger:)

  • luis paz
    luis paz 11 months ago

    El hombre es muy inútil para la cocina. De que país será? La cocina se la lleva en la sangre y no es un juego.

  • Gaery GintingS
    Gaery GintingS 11 months ago

    I tottally love your videos. Keep food rangering mate.

  • Zenny Kiss
    Zenny Kiss 11 months ago

    Oily and salty....great 😂😂 basic tip of chinese cooking highest flame and continuous stirring at the beginning and later reduce the flame dont stir too much at the end. 👍🏻👍🏻 hope this helps

  • Donald Ho
    Donald Ho 11 months ago

    Are you still in the cooking school

  • Zorglub Bolgroz
    Zorglub Bolgroz 11 months ago

    Bambi on ice man. Have you ever cooked, at all. It's hilarious to watch, thanks man! 😂👍

  • Yz Ma
    Yz Ma 11 months ago

    whats wrong with that woman

  • sheri williams
    sheri williams 11 months ago

    What a commitment! Good luck on this journey.

  • Keish Williams
    Keish Williams Year ago

    Does every chinese school have the same type of sound to indicate time's funny hearing it cause it's the same at my school

  • Michael Dugan
    Michael Dugan Year ago

    This was published Oct, 2016... 1.5 yrs ago. Updates? Hopefully you're about ready to graduate!
    Or did they kick you out for your funny accent... ;)

  • Til Kos
    Til Kos Year ago

    Trevor, what happened? Why didn’t you continue studying in the culinary school?

  • Marcus Osoreo
    Marcus Osoreo Year ago

    Are you still in culinary school? Lol I was wondering because I haven't seen any new videos of it?

  • Robert Stewart
    Robert Stewart Year ago

    westerner getting in the way, Chinese take their food and cooking very seriously, it is an art to them, they could see that road ranger was never going to make a cook and was generally a waste of their time

  • Eliel Lopez
    Eliel Lopez Year ago

    Keep going ! What an adventure ! 😀

  • Judy Ito
    Judy Ito Year ago

    Your food look wonderful. It was fun to see you in action

  • Sola Mano
    Sola Mano Year ago

    Brave man...

  • Douglas Randall
    Douglas Randall Year ago

    Super. I know you will succeed! I will watch.

  • fffjkjk jkjkjk
    fffjkjk jkjkjk Year ago

    The hardest thing to learn something new is finding someone really knows the stuff and sincerely teaching it.

    NOODLES ZHAO Year ago

    加油!Keep doing it! You are the best!

  • Franck Yan
    Franck Yan Year ago

    Dude congrat but you gotta admit your Pinying 5 tones is laughable.
    yī yí (v) yì yi👈😃👌
    Very simple just pay attention to your 5 basic tones & you'll be alright ex: you say "mà?" Instead of "mā?" Horizontal tone!

  • Dongwon
    Dongwon Year ago

    Hi James~ I am Bryan Chung from South Korea and interested in China culinary school.
    I think you are learning Chinese cooking at culinary school in Sichuan.
    Could you inform me the lesson fee per semester and period for example 1 year program or half-year program?
    If you let me know the website of the culinary school in Sichuan, it would be highly appreciated.
    Thank you, James.

  • Norman Taga
    Norman Taga Year ago

    i liked the way you struggle real attitude for a food critic

  • Pavel Fara
    Pavel Fara Year ago

    I'd like to hear that lady speaking English

  • Vin Raj
    Vin Raj Year ago

    Sir James that was funny as hell, good luck :-)

  • LeCutter
    LeCutter Year ago

    It's great to follow your passion but commitment is the most important thing. Finish your degree, then pursue this. Keep your options open.

  • Doug Lawson
    Doug Lawson Year ago

    It looks like they're kind of rough in the kitchens in China just like they are everywhere lol. Don't be frustrated and take it all in stride and with a grin. The main point is learning technique. Don't worry about "recipes", just learn the technique and watch people as they're cooking on the street and how they do what they do. You're living my dream lil bruh...keep up the good work man!

  • Luis
    Luis Year ago

    are you still in school? would love to see a tour in the campus and more videos in the schools

  • James Ttk
    James Ttk Year ago

    Seems interesting and hard work too. I really hope to meet you in Chengdu one day. Meanwhile greetings from Maple Ridge, BC, Canada. Come open a yummy Szechuan restaurant here. It is really not crowded and there are rooms for you.

  • Chime Rigzin
    Chime Rigzin Year ago

    It's really interesting,

  • seen hi
    seen hi Year ago


  • red men
    red men Year ago

    you are an unusual character. Most people try and get to the west ,to live an easier life. You do the opposite, leaving your middle class western life in exchange for living /travelling in 3rd world environments. Don't have any interest in food but find your travels through the East interesting
    Good work

  • linda cheung
    linda cheung Year ago

    how did you uploaded video on youtube?i heard that China couldn't use youtube,instagram,FB etc .is it true?

  • Terry
    Terry Year ago

    were can i see more videos of you learning at the school? The Culinary School is a great choice because you can stay at home, have a huge family, and teach others to cook the foods in some of you videos. Don't forget to have the wedding live on youtube.

  • Siau Jiun Lim
    Siau Jiun Lim Year ago +2

    I think you are a genuine and kind person, your passion and humble acceptance of other culture were awesome! The success of The Food Ranger has been driven by your personality! We enjoy watching your videos and keep it up!

  • Zezhi Wang
    Zezhi Wang Year ago

    You should visit turkey again

  • jersey arc
    jersey arc Year ago

    cant say mas.... I JUST LOVE THE FOOD .. LOVE THEM GETTIN BITTEN AHEHE.... more success bro TREVS

  • birjis aslam
    birjis aslam Year ago

    Why specifically you opted to learn Chinese cooking for two year program , I want to know what motivates you to take this course.

  • Haobo Xie
    Haobo Xie Year ago

    Really love your positive attitude to the life. Well done!

  • donkeyenvious
    donkeyenvious Year ago +1

    Did you not find it offensive when a Chinese person mimics your accent?

  • doge fm
    doge fm Year ago

    ha ha hilarious, but you learn something !!!!

  • Shannon McGowan
    Shannon McGowan Year ago

    lol its funny to see that no matter where you go, cooks are the same smart asses that will poke fun at you as a way of bonding.

  • Rohan Kotian
    Rohan Kotian Year ago

    Best Wishes

  • Rachel Tran
    Rachel Tran Year ago

    Its ok it take a bit to understand how to cook with a wok. Its all about speed and confidence. I didnt cook with a wok until much later! I started with a frying pan xD

  • Shuang Shuang
    Shuang Shuang Year ago

    2/10 six six six

  • Ashlee Bear
    Ashlee Bear Year ago

    good luck with that guy.

  • cedrict
    cedrict Year ago

    I admire your drive...don't fizzle out! In any case we all enjoy you,you have unique abilities!

  • micherae mitchell

    Go Trevor!

  • Rahul Padman
    Rahul Padman Year ago

    Best wishes Trevor....You're doing really great...

  • Mrs. Garcia
    Mrs. Garcia Year ago

    Yay Ting Ting to the rescue!

  • Colin Sushiboy
    Colin Sushiboy Year ago

    youll quit eating street food in asia. Once you get diarrea 3 days straight lol.

  • cynthia miranda
    cynthia miranda Year ago

    happy to see ting ting accompanying you love to see you together

  • I'm an idiot
    I'm an idiot Year ago


  • Alex B
    Alex B Year ago

    awesome decision, I am very happy for you, pull through to the end, what you are now doing is amazing. enjoying every video

  • Chen Zhang
    Chen Zhang Year ago


  • Qing Westgate
    Qing Westgate Year ago

    7:21 In case you are busy learning, I am available to host Ida for a few nights.