Tag: kitchens

IN THE KITCHEN: EVERYONE’S DIFFERENT – EVERYONE’S THE SAME

This story may not be true – but it could be. “We become not a melting pot but a beautiful mosaic. Different people, different beliefs, different yearnings, different hopes, different dreams.” -Jimmy Carter Chef Michel looked around his kitchen and reflected: “What an incredibly diverse group of people who are keeping this kitchen afloat.” The…

THE LINE COOK’S ADRENALINE RUSH

What is it about working the line in a busy restaurant that is so attractive to cooks? Why, with all of the challenges that a career in the kitchen brings are people, especially those who are younger, willing to set those challenges aside for the experience of standing in front of a battery of full-throttle…

THE YIN AND YANG OF BEING A CHEF

I have always believed assessing a significant decision that you are about to make or reviewing one that is already part of your history is best served by listing the pros and cons. If there are more positives than negatives then it is (was) likely a good decision. The greater the decision the more likely…

SALUTE TO THE DISHWASHER

Typically discounted, often maligned, frequently abused, and rarely appreciated (until he or she doesn’t show up) – the dishwasher is actually the most important employee in the kitchen. Cooks may scoff, chefs will dismiss, and owners have no opinion whatsoever, but I stand by my statement regarding a dishwasher’s importance to the kitchen and the…