I find the challenge of teaching culinary gen ed a welcome one. There are times when it can be hard to engage some students. Even though the math and writing courses are ones they signed up for, some students may come from a background where classroom academics were not a strength. Some tools that are useful for me: Tactile examples, regular food discussions, reading the NYT restaurant review every Wednesday, humor, and the occasional injection of a personal failure of mine. These little tricks help the WIIFM students stay engaged.