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Old 05-18-2006, 03:34 PM   #11
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A catering company would be another alternative but it wouldn't introduce you to the pace of a restaurant kitchen. And you would still need to know many basic things. For instance, if I said:

"Cut these vegetables into a brunoise."

"Cut these potatoes into bantonettes."

"Make a liaison with this egg and the oil."

"Reduce this wine and then emulsify."

"Make a galantine, then poach and brush with aspic."

Can you do all of these basic prep steps without asking for help? If no, then don't bother applying at a caterer. Beyond the knowledge, you still would need to have a certain level of speed while prepping, beit at cutting, sauce making, etc. The pace won't be as fast as a restaurant kitchen but it's not like it will be a walk in the park either.
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Old 05-18-2006, 03:48 PM   #12
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I am inclined to agree start out at the bottom and work your way to the top,as you learn all the cooking techinques...
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:21 PM   #13
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A catering company would be another alternative but it wouldn't introduce you to the pace of a restaurant kitchen. And you would still need to know many basic things. For instance, if I said:

"Cut these vegetables into a brunoise."

"Cut these potatoes into bantonettes."

"Make a liaison with this egg and the oil."

"Reduce this wine and then emulsify."

"Make a galantine, then poach and brush with aspic."

Can you do all of these basic prep steps without asking for help? If no, then don't bother applying at a caterer. Beyond the knowledge, you still would need to have a certain level of speed while prepping, beit at cutting, sauce making, etc. The pace won't be as fast as a restaurant kitchen but it's not like it will be a walk in the park either.
I am not following you. I wasn't suggesting he walk in as a chef but as a kitchen helper and I think learning technique is more important than learning
speed. The speed will come as he progresses.
Remember the Top Chef show where they catered a small wedding and they all failed even though they had all day to prepare.
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:25 PM   #14
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What about something in baking? Do unexperienced individuals like myself get a shot at learning to make bread or something somewhat simple like that?
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:28 PM   #15
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At a bakery, go tell them you want to learn, if they don't hire you due to lack of experience, tell them you will sweep floors or anything to get your foot in the door. If you show inthusiasm and a true desire to learn, the baker/chef will respect that and more than likely work with you.
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Old 05-18-2006, 05:30 PM   #16
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Neato. Will do.

Thanks again, all!
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Old 05-18-2006, 07:42 PM   #17
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I am not following you. I wasn't suggesting he walk in as a chef but as a kitchen helper and I think learning technique is more important than learning
speed. The speed will come as he progresses.
Remember the Top Chef show where they catered a small wedding and they all failed even though they had all day to prepare.
Even if he is hired as a kitchen helper (which is basically a prep cook), there are certain skills that they will expect. There MAY be a few companies out there that would be willing to take a beginner under their wing and teach them from scratch, but those places are very hard to find. If he can find one, that would be ideal but it couldn't just be any caterer.

Regarding that particular Top Chef episode, there were several factors leading to their failure, not just the time constraint. The menu was too ambitious, they did not have access to the proper ingredients, the time of the day during which they were alotted to prepare, etc.
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