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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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    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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    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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    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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    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets

    5 Things You Need to Know to Manage Banquets
    Do you know as much about what goes into the food as you do about serving? Can you manage menu planning and food presentation? Do you understand how purchasing supplies and equipment affects a food-service organization's bottom line? If you're a jack-of-all-trades when it comes to the restaurant business, a banquet manager position might what your career appetite. Big Business Banquet ...
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    Break into Bartending

    Break into Bartending
    Double-digit job growth is expected in food services and drinking places during the next six years, according to the US Bureau of Labor and Statistics. That includes restaurants, bars, clubs, pubs and taverns. This is great news for wannabe bartenders and servers. Polishing your act with the right look and skill set will help you mix up a potent career in ...
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    An Introduction to Food Styling

    An Introduction to Food Styling
    I have been in the Food Styling business since 1995 after graduating from Tante Marie’s Cooking School in San Francisco; 6 months earlier, I had decided to change careers, leaving corporate America to pursue my passion for food. When I started cooking school I had never heard of food styling as a career, but the first time someone told me about ...
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    Restaurant Apprenticeships

    Restaurant Apprenticeships
    Jamie Popp | Monster Contributing Writer On-the-Job Training Provides Invaluable Industry Experience Graduating from a recognized culinary school isn't necessarily the only path to landing your dream job as a chef in a posh restaurant. Apprenticeships are another option to help you break into the restaurant industry - and they don't require spending a lot of cash for an advanced ...
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    Career Profile: Sous Chef

    Career Profile: Sous Chef
    Job Description: A sous chef, or sub chef, is the second-in-command and runs the kitchen in the absence of the chef de cuisine and executive chef. In a large establishment, the sous chef may be in charge of food production for one kitchen; in a smaller operation, the sous chef ensures that all food production workers are performing their duties as ...
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    Career Profile: Personal Chef

    Career Profile: Personal Chef
    Job Description: A personal chef is not a private chef! While a private chef is employed by one individual or family at a time, a personal chef serves several clients, usually one per day, and provides multiple meals that are custom-designed for the clients’ particular requests and requirements. These meals are packaged and stored, so that the clients may enjoy them ...
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    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef

    Keeping the Faith: How to be a Successful Personal Chef
    Last week, we talked about the two most important things you need to have in order to be a successful personal chef. This week, I'd like to talk to you about one more thing that is absolutely essential if you're going to succeed. It's going to sound incredibly simple, and it's also going to sound like something that will make you ...
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