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View Poll Results: What kind of cook or chef are you?
I am presently employed as a cook or chef. 4 11.11%
In the past I was employed as a cook or chef. 7 19.44%
I only cook these great foods for my family and friends! 25 69.44%
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Old 09-18-2005, 12:08 AM   #1
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Professional or just a Great Cook!

Didn't know where to put this...so hoping it's ok here. I thought this poll might be fun. Everyone I have met on here seems to be so knowledgeable about food. I am one to believe there are just as many "great unprofessional cooks" as there are "professional" cooks....so would really enjoy the breakdown!


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Old 09-18-2005, 12:48 AM   #2
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For me cooking was always second nature, and at a very young age the chance was there so i took it. I had cooked, became head cook, held title of chef for a short while, then went into machining.

Although still cooking, it is now only for family and friends, albeit the art and passion will always be a focal point in my everyday life!

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Old 09-18-2005, 03:09 AM   #3
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I make my living as a chef. Which is one reason I'm not here much lately- my workweek is generally about 75 hours. Sadly, running a kitchen often involves as much paperwork and meetings as actual cooking!

But the joy is still there!
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Old 09-18-2005, 07:29 AM   #4
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Pantry supervisor at a country club here. Rob's right, a cook/chef's schedule can be odd hours, a long work-week, etc. And there is a surprising amount of paperwork to go with it. Luckily, I don't have much paperwork to do, just a little inventorying.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:15 AM   #5
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I have never cooked professionally. I have wanted to have a small bakery, but, never had the money to do anything about it.
I'm the one at get togethers that everyone is jumping up to see what I brought this time :o). Noone ever knows. I like to try new things on everyone. Sometimes it a big hit, other times, I throw the recipe away. I just love to cook.
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:44 AM   #6
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I have never cooked professionally, but when my children were small, I dreamed of starting a catering service. At that time, the nearest one was in St. Louis, and I could have made money at it.
But my ex wasn't in favor of it. He said that I'd be working every weekend and holiday, which was right.
So I went into the greenhouse business instead...and worked every week-end and holiday. LOL!
We get by with a little help from our friends
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Old 09-18-2005, 09:59 AM   #7
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Cooking professionally involves hard work and long hours. I take my hat off to professional chefs.

For me that would take the pleasure out of cooking. So I cook at home and enjoy that.
"If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe." -Carl Sagan
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:26 AM   #8
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i have considered culinary school... but i am allergic to cow dairy and the schools i spoke to told me that there is no way i could attend without eating butter and cheese. lately, i have been seriously considering a few programs in my area that teach you how to become a vegan chef (no animal products at all, so no allergies for me)... im not a vegetarian but i love vegetarian cooking and there is a market for vegan food in my area.
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:28 AM   #9
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I moved this thread to the Food Talk forum

"Count yourself...you ain't so many" - quote from Buck's Daddy
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Old 09-18-2005, 10:59 AM   #10
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I've never cooked prof............but I truely enjoy cooking for my family and friends. The smiles on their faces is worth it.

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