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Old 07-18-2013, 04:57 PM   #21
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So I finally got my foot wet and spoke with a chef today. We spoke for an hour and he gave me a lot of good advice along with some things you guys have already shared.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:05 PM   #22
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So I finally got my foot wet and spoke with a chef today. We spoke for an hour and he gave me a lot of good advice along with some things you guys have already shared.

So how are you feeling about entering the cooking world now dc? Are you still keen? What is your next step?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:16 PM   #23
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So how are you feeling about entering the cooking world now dc? Are you still keen? What is your next step?
I still feel the same way, little uneasy, nervous but now a little less hesitant to introduce myself. My next step is to hit restaurants until someone will take me on as a prep cook.
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:19 PM   #24
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I still feel the same way, little uneasy, nervous but now a little less hesitant to introduce myself. My next step is to hit restaurants until someone will take me on as a prep cook.
Well, you have broken the ice by having that chat with the chef. Good luck on your quest! Are there lots of restaurants where you live?
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Old 07-18-2013, 05:22 PM   #25
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Well, you have broken the ice by having that chat with the chef. Good luck on your quest! Are there lots of restaurants where you live?
I'd say a decent amount. I live right outside of Philadelphia. But this chef told me the area and Philly in general is a crap place for restaurants.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:25 PM   #26
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So I got a shot this Sunday at "fork" in Philadelphia with chef Eli kulp. I applied on Craig's list for an ad "line/prep cook needed, willing to train highly motivated people. " bla bla bla

I guess I sold myself seeing as how I have no formal experience. So I'm going in 11am-5 For them to get to know me and test me in the kitchen.

So any tips or advice to prepare myself would be greatly appreciated
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:47 PM   #27
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So I got a shot this Sunday at "fork" in Philadelphia with chef Eli kulp. I applied on Craig's list for an ad "line/prep cook needed, willing to train highly motivated people. " bla bla bla

I guess I sold myself seeing as how I have no formal experience. So I'm going in 11am-5 For them to get to know me and test me in the kitchen.

So any tips or advice to prepare myself would be greatly appreciated
Sounds to me like they are going to test to see how far you will sink. (Pun intended). How far can you be pushed? How well do you cope with being "pushed"?
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:52 PM   #28
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Sounds to me like they are going to test to see how far you will sink. (Pun intended). How far can you be pushed? How well do you cope with being "pushed"?
I mean I'm gonna do everything in my power to get the job and do my best it's all I can do. I need to see if this is meant to be my future or if I should choose another career path.
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Old 07-19-2013, 10:55 PM   #29
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I mean I'm gonna do everything in my power to get the job and do my best it's all I can do. I need to see if this is meant to be my future or if I should choose another career path.
Congrats! It's a start. Pay close attention, listen, watch techniques, do what you're told. Be polite, offer to take on extra shift work. Learn the recipes you're prepping. Be enthusiastic. Know your ingredients, make sure you have what you need. It will take awhile to get comfortable and know what you're supposed to do, that's natural.

Good luck! I've heard of Forks, sounds like a good place!
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Pay attention to what you are told MUST be done for cleanliness, these are rules that are from the Health Department, if broken they can close a restaurant down. Listen and have fun. Good Luck!
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