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    5 Steps to Becoming a Chef

    5 Steps to Becoming a Chef
    You live for food: Eating it, preparing it, re-inventing it, presenting it, sharing it. No wonder you're thinking about turning your passion for the culinary arts into a career. But where do you start? Follow the best step-by-step guide out there that takes you from conception to reality. STEP 1: "Research the Field":/benefits/148-step-1-research-the-field STEP 2: "Decide If Becoming a Chef Is ...
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    How to Start a Bar/Club

    How to Start a Bar/Club
    Friends, laughter, celebrations, entertainment--fun! These are the things that might come to your mind when you think about owning your own bar as you imagine rooms filled with friendly conversation, music and people enjoying themselves. If you're thinking of opening a sports bar, you might envision an exciting game on big-screen TVs with everyone cheering and having a great time. Owning ...
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    7 Reasons Opening a Restaurant Should Scare You

    Have you always dreamed of opening a restaurant? So you’ve got the bug. You just can’t help but get up everyday and cook for someone and then serve it to them. All right, all right…but don’t say I didn’t warn you: Starting a restaurant ain't easy! Every actor must play Broadway, every Opera Singer must play the Met, and you…you ...
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    What Makes a Successful Chef

    What Makes a Successful Chef
    Have you ever envisioned yourself as a glamorous executive chef who goes to “Iron Chef” and cooks everybody else’s bum to another planet? You are not the only one. Becoming a chef can be a good career move only if you have the right personality, and it is definitely not as glorious as it seems on TV. Working under constant pressure ...
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    Guide to Culinary Careers Outside the Kitchen

    Guide to Culinary Careers Outside the Kitchen
    In addition to the kitchen and dining room positions, a growing number of less traditional opportunities exist, many of which do not involve the actual production or service of foods. Food and beverage managers oversee all food and beverage outlets in hotels and other large establishments. Consultants and design specialists will work with restaurant owners, often before the restaurant is even ...
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    Where Education Fits in a Culinary Career Path

    Where Education Fits in a Culinary Career Path
    On-the-job training is most common for fast-food cooks, short-order cooks, and food preparation workers. Chefs and others with more advanced cooking duties often attend cooking school. Vocational training programs are available to many high school students, but advanced positions usually require training after high school. Experience, an ability to develop and enhance cooking skills, and a strong desire to cook are ...
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    Guide to the Dining Room Brigade System

    Guide to the Dining Room Brigade System
    The dining room, or front-of-the-house, positions also have an established line of authority. The maître d’hôtel, known in American service as the dining room manager, is the person who holds the most responsibility for the front-of-the-house operation. The maître d’hôtel trains all service personnel, oversees wine selection, works with the chef to determine the menu, and organizes seating throughout service. The ...
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    6 Things Culinary School Won't Teach You

    Culinary School won't teach you everything... I believe there are a few things culinary school either doesn't tell you or misleads you to believe (whether intentionally or otherwise). Ignore, for a moment, my pomposity and consider these points, which I consider to be rather serious. Some students, or prospective students, may already know this if they have had any experience ...
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    Career Opportunities for Culinary Professionals

    Career Opportunities for Culinary Professionals
    Culinary professionals are needed not just in hotel dining facilities and traditional restaurants but in a variety of settings—public and private, consumer-oriented and institutional. An increased emphasis on nutrition, sophistication, and financial and quality control means that all settings, from the white-tablecloth restaurant to the fast-food outlet, offer interesting challenges. [widget:355] Hotels often have a number of different dining facilities, including ...
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    How to Deal with Difficult Diners

    How to Deal with Difficult Diners
    Peter Vogt | MonsterTRAK Career Coach He doesn't like where he's sitting. He orders something not even remotely on the menu. His food is too cold, too spicy or both. He wants what he wants, he wants it now, and he'll be vocal to get it if necessary -- even if it means causing a scene. He's the quintessential difficult diner, ...
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    Guide to the Kitchen Brigade System

    Guide to the Kitchen Brigade System
    The brigade system was instituted by Escoffier to streamline and simplify work in hotel kitchens. It served to eliminate the chaos and duplication of effort that could result when workers did not have clear-cut responsibilities. Under this system, each position has a station and defined responsibilities, outlined below. In smaller operations, the classic system is generally abbreviated and responsibilities are organized ...
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    How to Survive Culinary School

    Succeeding in culinary school is more than just being a good student I can't think of many fields of work that are more fun, dynamic, and fascinating than culinary work, so I certainly don't want to scare anyone away, but culinary school is a meat grinder. I started school with around 45 people in my class and graduated with about ...
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    Restaurant Success: The Main Ingredients

    Restaurant Success: The Main Ingredients
    From poultry to pirogi, steak to grits, Americans are hungry for good food and unique dining experiences. The National Restaurant Association says that in 2005 (the latest year for which statistics are available), the average household expenditure for restaurant food was $1,054 per person, or $2,634 per household. And considering the 300 millionth American was born in late 2006, it’s clear ...
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    What's a Personal Chef?

    What's a Personal Chef?
    Imagine this: you’ve been at work all day, and you’re exhausted. Maybe you’ve been working on a project for days on end, barely stopping to eat lunch along the way. Maybe you’ve been on your feet all day, so the only thing you want to do when you get home is relax. Not hard to imagine, is it? Everyone’s busy, and ...
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    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise

    Job Seekers, Don't Take December Off, Experts Advise
    It may be almost time to hang up the Christmas stockings – but not the job search. Resist that temptation. Smart job seekers will jump in first thing Monday with a clear plan of action for the next six weeks, experts say. Following that strategy paid off for Katherine Smith – twice. She landed a job on Dec. 18, 2006. After ...
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    Land and Ace a Restaurant Job Interview

    Land and Ace a Restaurant Job Interview
    By 2016, there will be an additional 1.9 million restaurant jobs in the United States, according to the National Restaurant Association. Knowing what skills are in demand, as well as how to cook up a succinct, attractive resume and what to expect during the interview process, will help you stand out. Heed these tips: Keep Your Resume Succinct Think of your ...
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    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs

    Top 25 Cities for Culinary Jobs
    Now more than ever, it’s important to get the best bang for your buck. And there’s no question about it — when it comes to value, not every U.S. city is created equally. Why chase a great salary if your rent swallows most of it, unemployment is skyrocketing and you spend two hours a day just to get to and from ...
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    10 Things Executive Chefs Hate

    Don't want to see your chef like this, do you? Find out 10 executive chef pet peeves! Whether you are currently working in your dream job or making steps towards it, we can all agree that there are things we love and hate about work. To find out what executive chefs hate about their work I sought out one of ...
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    Resume Dilemma: Employment Gaps and Job-Hopping How to Handle a Spotty Work History

    In today's economy, you need to carefully present your experience to avoid being seen as unstable. Start by evaluating your situation and determining how bad it really is. If you are panicking about two months of unemployment back in 1984, your job search will probably not be affected. However, if you are dealing with recent periods of unemployment extending for months ...
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    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts

    Sweet Success: How to Sell Desserts
    Bringing silverware to assist with breaking through the sugary crust of a crème brulee before dessert is even ordered is how servers increase sweets sales at Bayleaf Restaurant in Napa, California. It also helps to be knowledgeable about the chocolate bombe, right down to the Chambord sauce, according to Daniel Bolyarde. As head server at the fine dining establishment in the ...
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