THE WORLD OF DISCONTENT SERVICE

As I walked around O’Hare Airport waiting for my flight I became acutely aware of a serious problem that exists in our country. I have seen this problem elsewhere before, experienced it first hand in some of the places where I have worked, and likely have had moments where this problem consumed me for a…

A LINE COOK’S MAGIC

A line cook “in the zone” is truly magical to watch. This falls again under the heading of “unless you have been there” you don’t really understand how true this statement is. I can remember my first time – I think I was maybe nine or ten years old, watching a breakfast cook through the…

COOKING FOR THE SAKE OF COOKING

Many years ago, at an ACF Conference in Phoenix, Andre Soltner (in my mind one of the greatest chefs in recent history) spoke to an audience of enthusiastic members. He began by trying to downplay the hype that was building around the term “chef” by removing his glasses and looking at the audience directly and…

A COOK’S BATTLE SCARS

WARNING: The mental images portrayed in this article may be offensive to those who have not yet worked in a commercial kitchen and could tend to scare away would-be future cooks. The intent is not to make light of the dangers of working in kitchens, but rather to help people stay alert and take precautions.…