While culinary school isn't necessary to have a long, fulfilling career in the industry, most cooks will have gone through it. By going through culinary school, you gain a broad understanding of techniques and cooking styles In a compressed, organised format. These things could be learned independently, but, with a school pushing the curriculum, you're forced to learn at a faster pace. While culinary school is beneficial, it is also expensive. When you consider what you'll be earning through work after culinary school, it can take a very long time to finish paying for school. When the cost and commitment of culinary school are taken into account, you want to make sure that you get everything you can out of the experience. It's not uncommon for people to have gone through the schooling and gain the credential, only to be worthless in an actual kitchen. By putting in the effort while you're in culinary school, you can catapult your learning and progress in your career. Here's how to get the most out of culinary schoolRead More
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Multiple times throughout any career, there comes a time to move up into a higher position. This is exciting, but it can also be a frightening experience. Taking on a new position means facing new challenges that you may not be ready for. The new position will come with a host of benefits, but the easier thing to do is to avoid the fear and stay where things are comfortable. Waiting in comfort until you feel safe making the next step is detrimental to your career though. To go far, you need to tackle the frightening things while they're still scary. Being afraid to take that step means that it's a meaningful challenge for you to face. Being afraid to take that step means that it's what you need to do.Read More
Working in kitchens, you learn quickly that it's a frantic environment. There's always so much that needs to be done in so little time. Often working in tight, small teams, everyone has to pull their weight or the whole operation may suffer. If one cook is a little off of their game after a rough night out, then others need to work harder and pick up the slack. For the ambitious and hard-working among us, efficiency is a good measure of progress. It allows you to grade yourself against where you want to be. This can guide you to improve and become even more effective in the kitchen. By working on your efficiency, you become more valuable in the kitchen, while increasing your skills.Read More
Anyone who's learning to be a better cook will be focusing on learning new recipes. People often find recipes they like and then integrate those into their cooking rotation. When you're starting out, this is a good way to try new things in the kitchen. Yet, you won't be getting the full benefit if you aren't focusing on the techniques behind the recipe. Techniques are where the real learning happens. Techniques are where you pick up and learn a skill that you will use forever. Techniques guide you when you cook and can even help you make your own recipes.Read More
Sometimes cooking can be a truly maddening job. It's a high stress career that can break the best. Everyone has their reasons for doing what they do and it’s important to lay them out so that when things are tough, you can remind yourself why you decided to do it in the first place.
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The Passion, an elusive and difficult subject, is often the largest factor to one’s success. To truly be successful in the kitchen, you need to love and appreciate food. It’s hard to create the passion if you havn’t already found any of it, but if you have, here are a few ways you can cultivate the passion.Read More