CIA Commencement Speech on April 13th 2018, San Antonio

Thankful I was able to stand in front of proud parents and families who supported the graduating class. Thankful for the recognition of the Culinary Institute of America as an ambassador. I talked about most of this and a little more on Friday morning. CIA Commencement Speech April 13th I thank you, I congratulate and …

Sources of Names in Classical Menus

I found more kitchen notes while cleaning out the toolbox. Old menus often used the names in previous centuries that were inspired by famous people. Kings, queens, authors, artists and politicians and actors as well as significant historical events and geography. Below are representative examples of an extensive list. Agnes Sorel~ mistress of Charles the …

Glossary of French Culinary Terms

Glossary of Traditional French Culinary Terms A growing collection of terms used in the kitchen, some taught and spoken, some forgotten. A A la carte ~list of food items priced separately A la mode ~in the fashion Abaisse ~a piece of dough rolled to required size Abaitis ~winglets, giblets of poultry, (de Volaille) Aboyer ~the …

Methods

Methods: This is a living list of crucial cooking standards that every cook should know. This can be updated or changed but a basic set most kitchens should use. Some chefs may differ on these and others need to use these methods. You only know as much as the people you work with.  Know enough …

A Letter to Read Before A Chef’s Job Interview

Dear Applicant: Thank you for your interest in working with me and with the kitchen team as well as this company.  Before we get to the particulars and meet at my restaurant for a cup of coffee,  please do yourself a favor and look up the place you are applying to before you accept the interview.  Look …

FnB Biggest Challenges

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Think Like a Chef: Kitchen Fundamentals

Kitchen Fundamentals We Will:   Perform our jobs with professionalism and dedication Taste everything as we prepare it and before we serve it Serve top quality, fresh and wholesome food, from the first croissant to the last dessert Know where our food comes from Treat our colleagues with respect and dignity Treat our products and kitchens with …

Think Like a Chef: Know

Basic, basic fundamental knowledge for cooking.  Simply put, these are things every cook should know. More to be added later. Definition of ‘sweat’  as it applies to vegetables. Why salt is important to the aforementioned application. Rapid cooling technique for cooked items to include liquids and solid foods. Cross contamination of every food must be understood. Temperature …

Movies

I believe if you love food and love to cook food, these films are important to watch.  They may challenge your moral compass as a chef, they may make you angry or sad.  This is all good, and good to watch.  These suggestions have no intention of getting political,  it may help define the new …

Books to Read

The list below is reccommended to be read, some for humor, candor and wit but more important, wisdom.  A comprehensive set of these writings will give balanced insight on how to think like a chef.  Some are just the forwards in the cookbooks that will yeild more knowledge about the book or author than say, a recipe. …