In almost 8 months I will be moving to Portland to attend Culinary school, something I have been planning for five years. I have been a kitchen manager at a popular local pizzeria for almost four years now so I have industry experience. I also cook a lot at home and I'm confident I can make some delicious food and have come a long way with my skills but I have SO much to learn. My question is, what can I do to further improve my skills? I basically taught myself at home with books and trial and error because no one in the family ever taught me how to cook. It's not that I want to be a hotshot when I get to school but I would love to win a school award so I can get a really good internship and I feel like I have all this time before school that I should use to practice. What are some personal recommendations of areas I should be focusing on. I know I need to improve my butchering skills but that is something someone will have to show me hands on and not something I feel like I can learn from a book. Sorry that my question is so vague, but any tips including online resources and/or literature would be very well appreciated. Does anyone recommend the Modernist Cuisine?