What's the first meal or dish that you learned to cook from scratch?

Pork roast, baked potatoes and carrots. I remember that because I had my supervisor and his wife coming over for dinner. I was looking for a promotion and he'd been hinting that I was well qualified.But there was a little

What are some good cooking tips that chefs know?

I'm going to let you in on a few professional cooking tips that will help make your everyday cooking simpler and stress-free.I'm going to share with you the kind of things you would only learn working in a serious restaurant kitchen.These are the 5 things I bring home with me from my culinary office.Anchor Your Cutting Board

Do Master Chef contestants get recipes to cook things that they have never cooked before?

I love watching Master Chefs go to work. I don't think they get recipes that they're familiar with when competing. I believe that they use their skills and knowledge to create something new and different and more interesting than their

Do Master Chef contestants get recipes to cook things that they have never cooked before?

I love watching Master Chefs go to work. I don't think they get recipes that they're familiar with when competing. I believe that they use their skills and knowledge to create something new and different and more interesting than their

What are the best online resources for learning how to cook?

I have been a cook for quite a few years and I have watched my girlfriend teach herself how to cook. Watching her has taught me a lot about where delicious is to be found. First, knife cuts don't make food good.  Dicing, slicing, and chopping are all pretty simple ideas. If you

What are the best online resources for learning how to cook?

I have been a cook for quite a few years and I have watched my girlfriend teach herself how to cook. Watching her has taught me a lot about where delicious is to be found. First, knife cuts don't make food good.  Dicing, slicing, and chopping are all pretty simple ideas. If you

How are math and art important to a chef?

Math is important for pretty much living. At least basic math. Being a chef is no different, you do not need to create algorithms or find the circumference of anything, you just need to know how to handle your food costs, staff costs and scale up and down recipes. If

How are math and art important to a chef?

Math is important for pretty much living. At least basic math. Being a chef is no different, you do not need to create algorithms or find the circumference of anything, you just need to know how to handle your food costs, staff costs and scale up and down recipes. If

What are your favorite Christmas desserts?

Awesome question!!!I had never tried cheesecake until I met the woman I would love and live with for the rest of her life at age 23. I moved her and her 4 year old daughter in with me on Christmas Eve, 1983.My family didn't really have much of a Christmas tradition,

Do Master Chef contestants get recipes to cook things that they have never cooked before?

I love watching Master Chefs go to work. I don't think they get recipes that they're familiar with when competing. I believe that they use their skills and knowledge to create something new and different and more interesting than their

What if I want to become a celebrity chef?

Well good luck to you :)Are you a chef? Because you have to be - professionally trained with a diploma and all - preferably by the best there is. If you are under 20, get out there and work for the best for the lowest pay, just to work for them, Watch and learn! Put

What is the biggest myth about cooking?

The biggest myth? That it is difficult! There seem to be many people who feel unable to cook much, if at all. I don't understand. Just give it a go, and you will have a few disasters, of course, but in no time at all you will get

What was your lowest point as a chef?

I'm there right now!!I'm in my 50's, been a Chef my whole life and I watched most of my friends retire while I'm still working like a damn freaking sled dog.FML!!!!12–14 hours a day for 5–6 days a week and often

Is there a chefs bible?

hi.yeah. if you ask me that way, i definitely would say that there's a chef Bible(s) out there, considering what most people interpreted the word 'bible' as either, 'the sacred text', 'the holy book', or 'guidebook' in general, or, the more specific 'Bible' as the penultimate script, the divine

Why do chefs wash the steak they are going to cook the night before?

For me is a no sense and never saw it. An increment in the water levels will promote the development of bacteria and molds on the surface of the meat, what is a potential health hazard; you shall always try to minimize water levels.If you are looking to sear the meat, water won't allow

Do male chefs cook food for the family at home or prefer to eat food cooked by their spouse?

I worked very early, clocking in before 0500. This meant I was through by mid-afternoon. Since my wife worked until 1800, I still did the cooking. I use quite a few professional items at home. Cooking at home was sometimes easier because I didn't have to

Would you like to have a chef come to your house once a week to teach you the basics, and some tricks. What would you most like to learn?

Maybe.But as much as I love dramatic prep and presentation, it's way too late in my life for me to become a person who fluidly chops airborne vegetables. I have unusual dietary requirements and peculiar tastes, so I need to learn a lot of strange and esoteric stuff. I hope I can be forgiven for

Who is a chef?

As a cook, it makes me cringe a little when somebody refers to anybody who puts food together as a chef. I understand that the term has shifted a fair bit, thanks to celebrity cooks on TV, and the desire for

What sort of hours does a chef work?

My last job was at a ski resort and waterpark. We had the resort open from december to march and may to september.  During the winter, i worked from 9am to 11pm Six, sometimes seven days a week, and took an early out at 8pm once in a

What shifts and hours do chefs work?

Well, it does vary from place to place. But here in the UK most places say you are contracted for 48 hours, but (yes there is a but) you have to sign a waiver that you give consent to work more than the 48 hours. This just

Why are experienced cooks/chefs mean and rude to interns?

As I see this from the viewpoints if both an industry insider and avid history nut, I believe this is a two part answer. Now bear in mind the historical part is my extrapolation of anecdotes from history woven with experience. Historically cooks and chefs were employed by all manner of folks, including armies, mariners, cowboys in the American

As a chef or restaurant owner do you feel the need to support local agriculture? Why or why not?

I am not a chef but I have cooked in restaurants. Supporting local farmers is seen as beneficial to the restaurant because the produce is likely to be fresher than produce transported a long distance by refrigerated trucks and trains. It is likely to cost

What makes a celebrity chef's restaurant special?

Gordon Ramsay famously said about Jamie Oliver that he is a cook and not a chef, meaning (roughly) that he can make great food but he will never have what it takes to open a fine dining restaurant serving Michelin standard cuisine.Jamie Oliver is a brand. His restaurants do ok because most people know who he is: he's a

Why are chefs always male?

Generally women in the industry gravitate or are pushed to front of house jobs because a professional kitchen is both physically and mentally punishing. It's hot, if there's a fryer, it's greasy- the air is actually greasy! It's dangerous- until you aquire

Can anyone pursue hotel management after completing a B.Tech to become a chef?

In all likelihoods, there is an upper age limit for applying to government sponsored/owned as well as reputed private hotel management colleges. It's 25 years of age. (It was, at least when I graduated 15 years ago). You need a 10+2 completion as a prerequisite to apply. This is something you should factor when planning your career.Something

Why do chefs work with their hat on?

Firstly, Tradition: the Blanc Toque is to denote seniority; the higher the hat the more senior the Chef. So, at a glance you can figure out who can yell at who and where to direct yourself with your questions, bearing in mind if this seems stupid as you could easily

Do chefs enjoy their job?

Abso-freaking-lutely.Let's break it down, shall we? Chefs work weekends, nights, holidays, through their birthdays, their anniversaries, everything. We work when everyone else parties, we sleep when everyone else is at the beach. When you're out to drink into a new year or to the Colts winning the

After years of experience in restaurants, what is the next step to becoming a pro chef?

I am going on the assumption that you are strong in the cooking and hopefully creative department.Next step...get your head out of the idea of cooking.  Being a chef is so much  more than creating lovely dishes that people are willing to shell out monies for.  Start with learning to price out dishes.  That

Do famous chefs actually work in the kitchen of their restaurants?

Depends. Some do, some don't. Fame in this world doesn't come from food, that'd make the restaurant famous, but from extracurricular activities such as TV appearances, book signings, event participation, and the always welcome candid shoot while eating at someone else's restaurant.All this takes time away

What do chefs think of the concept of Celebrity Chefs?

We don't, on a daily basis.We're too busy cooking, keeping a team of borderline psychotic social misfits working together smoothly, staying on top of constantly failing equipment, unreliable suppliers and, frankly, frequently unreasonable customers.If there's one thing I don't want to see after a day of listening to three coworkers ranting at me

What if all foodies, food bloggers, chefs, and restaurants get one platform for networking?

That will be a great opportunity for the bloggers, food businesses and the readers. And one such platform is Blogmint.It will bring all the associated parties at the same platform saving time of the readers, restaurants and food bloggers. Food bloggers will get right brands to write for; chefs

What do chefs think of Anthony Bourdain?

When he was "one of us" he was just another washed up, dime a dozen, cook in New York. He'd come up from the 80s and 90s, been around during the heyday of sex, drugs, and Ramones, and was in the process of

What do professional chefs think of celebrity ones?

Being good in the kitchen and being good on camera are 2 different things. A lot of TV 'chefs' are nothing of the sort and wouldn't know what to do in a professional kitchen, and only have a very basic understanding of cuisine - they hold no kudos in the eyes of real chefs

What dish is this Chinese chef making?

Actually he is not making any dishes, I think. This is a Lu-wei (卤味) shop/restaurant, where all the food is already prepared in advance. What the chef does in the video is just cut the food (meat) into pieces for

What does it mean to be talented as a chef?

To be talented as a chef requires knowledge of food, ingredients, flavoring, and in my opinion, overall style. Chefs must know how to prepare food, how to make it  flavorful, and how to make dishes look appealing. Cooking is an art form. If dishes do not

How do restaurants pay their chefs?

For most regular chefs in lower end restaurants and bars, they would likely be paid hourly, although if they were working a regular number of hours every week that would be pretty much the same as getting a salary.If you are asking how WELL they get paid, it would vary a

Why do people like filet mignon?

Well you've described the filet mignon as most everyone describes it.The truth is, it doesn't lack flavor. It definitely has less fat content than more flavorful cuts, like rib cuts, so it's flavor may seem less robust, but certainly it tastes like meat. In

Do professional chefs have a hard time eating out?

Do professional chefs have a hard time eating out? You bet.I certainly used to have a hard time eating out.One, Why eat out, other than a change of scenery? I had the opportunity to eat some of the finest beef, freshest seafood, freshest vegetables, a fully stocked kitchen. Access to

What should I study to become a chef?

Let's start with a brief checklist (this isn't complete, but good enough):Do you like to eat food and taste new flavors?Do you like to prepare food?Do you like to work in high pressure situations?Do you like to manage processes and people?Are you creative?Are you organized?If you get 6 yes's, then proceed below.

Why have chefs/restaurant owners fired their employees?

I've fired well over a hundred people over the years for many reasons, most of which have already been listed on this question. I'll give you a few anecdotal experiences.I had a server who put Visine drops in a customer's drink, which he

What dish should every aspiring chef know how to make?

The true test of a chef, or indeed anyone walking into the kitchen that is to be tested, is cooking of the omelette.The omelette is a simple, quick dish, that is easy to screw up and takes practice to truly master.The real test is how a chef approaches the task. Do they prepare themselves

How do chefs rate Michelin stars?

Michelin stars are rated by everything that happens in a restaurant. It will not only be rated on the perform of the Chef and the Sous-chef but also on the quality of the product and the fairness of a product.

Do restaurant chefs taste their food?

Constantly and for consistency. Now while I don't taste every meal that leaves the pass I do a taste check very regularly. During the day I'm making alot of prep, sauces, stocks, braises etc. Each big batch item is tasted

What should I do to be a good chef?

What should you do to be a good chef? The same as what you should do to learn another language or become good at math, etc. Understand it. Understand how things work, how they are build, how they add up, why is something this way, and why can't it be done any other way. If

What are the different type of chef positions? How do they compare and contrast?

The following are the different kinds of chefs-The Executive Chef- Chef de CuisineExecutive Chef is the head of the staff and ideally, should be someone who has ample experience in the culinary world. He needs to ensure the efficient functioning of the staff, as well as have a cool

What is a head chef's worst nightmare?

I once had a nightmarish scenario. I was a sous and heading up the kitchen during a lunch service. Me, two commis and a kitchen hand. We had a big set menu event with about 80 heads. The set menu had limited choice and was simple to prepare.