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Old 06-26-2008, 07:37 AM   #1
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The basic recipes chefs should know

Not sure if this has been done, no doubt it has though!

What do you think are the basic cooking recipes and techniques a chef needs to know to be at a basic to competent level.

I tried googling around to find what cooking techniques and recipes chefs are taught at cooking school but found it hard to locate good info.

Apparently an Omlette is the first thing you are taught to make which I have heard from several people like Gordon Ramsay etc but what else do you need to know?

Just a basic list, no need to post a massive how to tutorial if you don't want to.

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Old 06-26-2008, 07:57 AM   #2
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I don't have a direct answer for you, but I recently came across this blog: Whisk: a food blog . She's working her way through "Le Cordon Bleu Classic French Cookbook," the textbook of the French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, in lieu of attending cooking school. Cool idea
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Old 06-26-2008, 08:09 AM   #3
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I think it's more important to learn cooking technique rather than specific recipes. Proper technique will come in handy far more often than a specific recipe will. That's not to say that recipes aren't important, because they are. But here's a basic list off the top of my head before I go to sleep. This list is formulated more towards the home cook:

--Proper Seasoning
--PROPER SEASONING!!!
--Pan Searing
--Saute/Pan Frying
--Grilling
--Deep Frying
--Braising
--Poaching
--Roasting
--Basting
--Blanching
--De-glazing/pan sauces
--Proper cooking temperatures
--Proper heating of fats
--Proper protein doneness
--Basic Knife Cuts
--Knife sharpening and honing
--Fabricating small fish, poultry, and meats
--Chicken, Veal/Beef, Fish, and Shellfish stocks
--Trussing
--Barding
--Bechamel and Hollandaise (the only two Mother Sauces you really need to know)
--Mayonnaise (NOT a Mother sauce) and aiolis
--Vinaigrettes; egg and non-egg based
--Basic wine reductions
--Cream reductions
--Basic tomato sauce (pomodoro)
--Beurre Blanc
--Demi Glace
--Al dente pasta
--Rice
--Brining

....to be continued...

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Old 06-26-2008, 08:10 AM   #4
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I don't have a direct answer for you, but I recently came across this blog: Whisk: a food blog . She's working her way through "Le Cordon Bleu Classic French Cookbook," the textbook of the French culinary school Le Cordon Bleu, in lieu of attending cooking school. Cool idea
Great link. Here is a link straight to the individual classes that make up this curriculum (sp).

Whisk: a food blog: Classes
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:08 AM   #5
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Iron Chef is an experienced cook to be sure. I'm not, hardly know from nothing. When I decided to learn how to cook something other than oatmeal, burned bacon and eggs that came out however they wanted to I wondered, now what. Decided that sauces would be a good place to start - seemed that Chefs know a zillion sauces. Got bored quickly - like how many sauces can one eat :)?

Then I decided to start traveling in my kitchen and concentrate on a region, locality, country, whatever for a time until I could do a respectable job of cooking maybe two full meals from each. That has been fun. Got to get back to it! Where to now, haven't decided. Touched on Africa and thinking about going back in my little kitchen.
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Old 06-26-2008, 11:10 AM   #6
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Go to a bookstore and peruse The Professional Chef, the textbook used at the CIA.
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Old 06-26-2008, 12:39 PM   #7
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Knight, we had a similar thread that started on 5/23/08, last post 5/30/08, in the Miscellaneous Cat, page 2, titled; Things Every Professional or Serious Amateur Cook Should Know.

There were many opinions there.
See what you think.

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Old 06-26-2008, 12:54 PM   #8
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Knight, we had a similar thread that started on 5/23/08, last post 5/30/08, in the Miscellaneous Cat, page 2, titled; Things Every Professional or Serious Amateur Cook Should Know.

There were many opinions there.
See what you think.
Woo-wee. That was the week I was away on vacation. See what I miss?

Different.

I don't really know what to say, except that you all spoke for the forum very well. Long live SPAM curry.
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:08 PM   #9
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Get this book it has everything you need to know and then some, check the ( look inside this book) and read the table of contents etc. It is all illustrated with pictures
Amazon.com: Jacques Pepin's Complete Techniques: Jacques Pépin, Léon Perer: Books
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Old 06-26-2008, 02:12 PM   #10
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Knight, we had a similar thread that started on 5/23/08, last post 5/30/08, in the Miscellaneous Cat, page 2, titled; Things Every Professional or Serious Amateur Cook Should Know.

There were many opinions there.
See what you think.
However, I would disregard the list provided by the OP in that thread. Roughly 50% of the items that he listed were nonsensical.
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