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Old 06-25-2015, 04:03 PM   #1
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Culinary beginning

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I had posted about a while back regarding me and re-joining this forum so I can get a fresh new start. I really want to start working my way up from the ground up in the food service industry. As for as a studying perspective goes, what cooking basics should I start studying first? I want to know which part of cooking I should start studying first, as I haven't been in culinary school in a few years and I have lost a lot of the information. Where do I start studying first and which part?

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Old 06-25-2015, 05:36 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome back to Discuss Cooking

Knife skills are essential to any kind of cooking. The Kitchn website posted a series of cooking lessons last year that includes all the basics from knife skills to veggies, meats, flavorings and baking. They describe each technique, provide videos and give recipes for each lesson. Ignore the stuff at the top of this page and scroll down to the lessons: http://www.thekitchn.com/collection/cooking-school-373
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Old 06-26-2015, 08:27 AM   #3
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Did you go to culinary school?
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Old 06-26-2015, 11:39 AM   #4
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GotGarlic,

You are absolutely right. Knife skills are definitely something very important and one of the one things I should start studying and practicing. Also, thank you for the link.

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Old 06-26-2015, 11:41 AM   #5
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I did go to culinary school, but over the last few years, I feel as though I have felt unmotivated and unwilling to learn, so I have fallen behind and I forgot many of the material I learned in culinary school as well as the practical hands on material as well.

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Old 06-26-2015, 11:52 AM   #6
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Do you have the books you got in culinary school?
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Yes I do. It is just, each chapter focuses on something different and I would not know where to start type of thing.

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"Begin at the beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop."

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. Said by the King to the White Rabbit.
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Old 06-26-2015, 01:15 PM   #9
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So you are saying, I should read from start to finish of each textbook and practice my skills within each chapter?

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Old 06-26-2015, 01:19 PM   #10
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Yes. If your textbook is anything like mine, there are recipes for each chapter at the ends. Practice as you go along, since they build on each other. Personally, I wouldn't bother making demi-glace again, though
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