Culinary school is not only useful for the aspiring culinary professional. The lessons you learn will also help make you a better cook at home. These six things I learned from the professional chefs at The CulinaryLab Cooking School in Tustin, California, are among the top lessons I always use in my everyday cooking at home, as well as in a professional kitchen.
6 Things You’ll Learn in Culinary School
Typical Kitchen Hierarchy of a Professional Hotel Restaurant
As an aspiring chef, I wanted to know how the staff is organized. To get a better understanding of their hierarchy or “kitchen brigade” , I interviewed Executive Chef Andrew Litherland. Here’s his general overview of his staff, depicting the hierarchy of a large professional kitchen, starting from the bottom.
Is culinary school right for you? Pros and Cons of Being a Chef
Looking to break into the food industry and wondering if culinary school is the ticket in? It all depends on the individual, say the chefs we spoke to.Culinary school can be a great way for some to launch a career in the food industry, but there are far too many factors making it difficult to know for sure if culinary school is a right fit for you.Students with no professional experience might find it necessary to achieve basic skills before starting their journey into a fast-paced kitchen environment.For others, suffering through what can be a brutal, trial-by-fire restaurant atmosphere with no previous culinary training is still the right — and cheaper — way to go.Either way, the decision to attend culinary school should be a personal choice that benefits you, and not be based on impressing a hiring manager or chef.
Going For a Culinary Apprenticeship? What Chefs Look For in a New Hire
So your chopping skills are first rate and your braised beef is to die for. Does this make you a prime target for a job in a professional kitchen? Not really.According to chefs we spoke to about what they want in a new hire, the qualities they look for have little do with cooking.They assume you know how to handle a knife, and they can teach you how to cook their way. What they really want is not unlike what most hiring managers want: A hard worker with a good attitude.We’ve peeled away five attributes that chefs look for with their candidates.
How Many Hours Does A Chef Work?
When you’re starting out as a cook or a culinary student, one of the first things you may want to know is what sort of hours will be expected of you when you begin working in a professional kitchen. How many hours does a cook work? How about a chef? What about an executive chef?
Is Being a Chef a Good Career? Pros & Cons to Working in Culinary Arts
Do you love experimenting in the kitchen, whipping up an amazing meal for family and friends, or checking out the latest and greatest restaurants in your city? If you have a passion for delicious cuisine, you may have considered a career in culinary or pastry arts. However, you might also wonder if working as a chef is a good fit for your lifestyle and personality.
How Long Does Culinary School Take to Complete?
So, you’ve decided that a culinary education is in your future. As you look at school choices (yes, there are a lot of them!), you may wonder: how long does it take to complete culinary school? The answer isn’t simple. You need to take into account the whole gamut: From time spent learning basic principles and kitchen techniques, to advanced topics and obtaining actual hands-on experience. But in this article, we’re going to share our experience so you can gain an understanding of the time you’ll spend in culinary school – no matter what type of culinary education you choose…
Top Requirements for Culinary School: Make the Right Career Decision
If you’re ready to make cooking a career, then you’re probably wondering what the requirements for culinary school are, and if you’ve got what it takes. Well sit tight. We put together a list of the top 5 requirements you’ll want to consider as you prepare for your new career in the kitchen. Game on…
Spice It Up! How to Use Spices
Using spices is one of my favorite ways to add a little flair to my cooking. With the right combination of spices, you can turn your standby recipe into an exotic taste adventure. We’ve touched on spices a few times: in a reader question and an introductory blog post. We’ve also seen meals come to life with a mix of the right spices. Since there seems to be some interest, I wanted to expand on the topic and show you how to use spices to take any meal from a 5 to a solid 10.