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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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    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 Game Changing Female Chefs

    Celebrate Women's History Month with these 10 famous female chefs! “I know it doesn’t make sense, and I don’t understand it. But it is consistently the case: Women are better cooks. They approach food differently,” says Mario Batali, celebrity chef and owner of Babbo, in Bill Buford’s Book Heat. Women certainly don’t have it easy in the kitchen though. In ...
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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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    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions

    Ace the 10 Most Common Interview Questions
    Too many job seekers stumble through interviews as if the questions are coming out of left field. But many interview questions are to be expected. Study this list and plan your answers ahead of time so you’ll be ready to deliver them with confidence. What Are Your Weaknesses? This is the most dreaded question of all. Handle it by minimizing your ...
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    7 Crazy Kitchen Accidents

    The kitchen is a minefield of accident, waiting to happen. No mater how you slice it, the kitchen is a dangerous place. With knives, fire, and hot oil bouncing around, a restaurant's kitchen is a minefield of accidents waiting to happen. I would say it’s safe to write, never trust a chef without burn marks along his arms. Kitchen accidents: ...
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    10 Professional Food Styling Tricks

    There's lots to know about about how to style food, but here are a few food styling tricks. Enjoy! 1. BUYING FOOD: The first and most important thing to always remember is to buy the most beautiful and fresh food. I sometimes have to go through each piece of fruit or vegetable to find the best looking pieces. I’ve had many ...
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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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    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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    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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    5 Dirty Restaurant Secrets

    You never know what lies behind the closed doors of a restaurant Restaurants are busy, bustling places, where a lot has to get done in a short amount of time and on the tightest budget possible. While the final product may look and taste amazing, one wonders, considering the time and financial restraints, just what happened to the food before ...
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    Is Your Job Actually Important to Your Restaurant?

    Every job in the restaurant is important, no matter how small! I’ve spoken to many restaurant professionals over the years, who believe they are in a worthless job with no future. The fact is, nothing could be further from the truth; the only person in the restaurant with nowhere to grow is the owner! If someone feels this way about ...
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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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    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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    Career Profile: Chef de Cuisine

    Career Profile: Chef de Cuisine
    Job Description: The chef de cuisine reports to an executive chef and is responsible for the daily operations of a single kitchen. In a way, the chef de cuisine is the first-in-command on a day-to-day basis, managing all other food preparation employees, right from the sous chef to the pastry chef to the fry cooks. h4. *National Median Salary:* $43,019 h4. ...
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    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur

    10 Key Leadership Qualities for Today's Entrepreneur
    Many writers have penned essays on the characteristics, behaviors, values and attitudes that spell success for the entrepreneurial leader. My top 10 list goes further, blending the theoretical, practical and the common sense based on 25 years I've spent in the field assessing, coaching and consulting leaders. 1. The successful leader has a vision: Think things through and know where you ...
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    Will Your Restaurant Actually Be Profitable?

    So you want to open a restaurant? Make sure you'll be making enough of the pie! So, you want to open a restaurant, but don't want to go into debt. Well, you're not alone. And I'm here to help. The key to judging restaurant profitable is the equation of total of expenses divided by average per plate cost, which gives ...
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    How Not to Fail at Culinary School

    Succeed at culinary school with these 10 tips! [widget:354] Have you or are you pursuing your dream of attending culinary school? Congratulations if you are! There’s no time like now to do so. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, culinary arts is one of the fastest growing occupations in the nation. There are a number of reasons people go ...
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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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    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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