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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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 Culinary Internships Can Get You a Job

    Have you considered the importance of a culinary internship? Partway through my time at St. Olaf College, I realized I was spending more time working at restaurants as a cook than studying for class and I knew that the culinary world is where I wanted to be. I did want formal culinary training, though, so a week after dropping out ...
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    STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply

    STEP 4: Look for Chef Jobs and Apply
    Once you've amassed some culinary skills and experience, it'll be time to apply for a job or apprenticeship in the kitchen. Be sure you have a stand-out résumé, an impeccable cover letter, and have brushed up on your interview skills. Follow our expert advice on honing your job search, applying for, and landing the job. h4. *Your Cover Letter and Resume* ...
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    Who's Who: Chefs, Cooks, Food Prep Workers

    Who's Who: Chefs, Cooks, Food Prep Workers
    Chefs, cooks, and food preparation workers prepare, season, and cook a wide range of foods—from soups, snacks, and salads to entrees, side dishes, and desserts. They work in a variety of restaurants and other food services establishments. Chefs and cooks create recipes and prepare meals, while food preparation workers peel and cut vegetables, trim meat, prepare poultry, and perform other duties, ...
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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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    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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    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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    Who's Who: Food & Beverage Service Occupations

    Who's Who: Food & Beverage Service Occupations
    Food and beverage serving and related workers are the front line of customer service in restaurants, coffee shops, and other food service establishments. These workers greet customers, escort them to seats and hand them menus, take food and drink orders, and serve food and beverages. They also answer questions, explain menu items and specials, and keep tables and dining areas clean ...
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    How Not to Fail as an Executive Chef

    Why fail when you can succeed as an executive chef! What does it take to be a professional executive chef? Baking and Pastry, Mastering the Art and Craft by The Culinary Institute of America says that “a professional makes a living from the practice of a craft. Rather than viewing work as simply a means to an end, true professionals ...
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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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