Tag: cooks

ANOTHER KITCHEN ADRENALINE RUSH

A common response to the question: “Why do you work in a busy kitchen”, is, “I love the rush.” Those of us who have spent many hours, days and years behind the line have certainly experienced this, but few really understand what it means. Let’s take a look at what adrenaline is, and how a…

WHY LET RESTAURANT CRITICS DEFINE US?

There was a point in time when people relinquished their decision making to outside services and individuals. Deciding on a movie, automobile, record, school, bank or restaurant suddenly became someone else’s responsibility. Siskel and Ebert told us what movies to watch, Robert Parker not only decides which wines we should drink, but even how the…

WHAT IS A GOOD LINE COOK WORTH?

The ongoing success of a restaurant depends on two factors: great food and great service. It really is that simple. Of course, the chef, manager, and owner play an important role in selecting the right location and concept, building the menu, designing an inviting atmosphere, hiring and training the staff and orchestrating service, but as…

KITCHEN LIFE- HEY, IT’S HARD WORK!

From the outside looking in, things always seem different than they are. This has always been one of my major concerns with young people anxiously applying to culinary school, believing only the fun and creative part of the job and avoiding an understanding of what it is like 90% of the time; or entrepreneurs unfamiliar…

OPEN YOUR EYES

Well, I am in New York City for two days, my very infrequent taste of everything overload. This jaunt happens less frequently as I age, compared to a week or more every year from 1979-2005. I thought, as I was on a exploratory walk around midtown that I would try something different this year. Instead…

HELP TO SUPPORT THE RELEASE OF “THE EVENT THAT CHANGED EVERYTHING”.

My second book, a work of fiction, entitled: The Event That Changed Everything” is currently with the publisher. After edits I anticipate a release some time later this fall (2014). There are advantages and disadvantages to self-publishing, even with an established house like iUniverse. Their advice and guidance is invaluable, resulting in a book that…

IS COOKING YOUR CALLING?

I have often stated that people don’t choose a career in the kitchen; it chooses them. Those who currently work in restaurant kitchens need only look around the space they call home for 60 plus hours a week to see individuals who simply found themselves in their current role as if a magnet had drawn…

ARE SERVERS AND COOKS LIKE OIL AND VINEGAR?

There are many examples of love/hate relationships or classic feuds that are difficult to rationalize: the Hatfield’s and the McCoy’s, Alexander Hamilton and Raymond Burr; Neil Young and Lynard Skynard, the Beatles and Yoko Ono, Democrats and Republicans, and, of course, Restaurant Servers and Cooks. What is the reason for these sometimes oil and vinegar…