According to an article posted on Stella Culinary titled “10 Tips For Surviving A Professional Kitchen,” working in a professional kitchen can seem intimidating for an entry level chef. The environment is fast paced and detail oriented. New chefs are often scared off. With a little bit of help, a new chef can thrive in a professional kitchen and impress his or her coworkers.
The article provides a list of 10 tips for a new chef stepping into the professional world. Andrew Girard, a representative a CookingSchools.com, has compiled a list of the top tips for new chefs in professional kitchens. Here are the top five tips for surviving in a professional kitchen:
1. Always stay calm. This may sound easy, but it is not. Cooking always has its share of surprises and mistakes. “Don’t freak out if something goes wrong, rather be ready to fix mistakes and for change,” Girard says. “Just stay confident and be ready for anything that happens.”
2. Always ask for clarification. “When working in the kitchen, always ask for more information to avoid costly errors that could damage your reputation in the future,” he says.
3. Be aware of surroundings. “Look around to see what is around you and be careful when walking or moving,” he says. “This could help you avoid spilling something or knocking into someone near an open flame.”
4. Be clean and organized. “When entering a professional kitchen, be sure to be clean and attentive. A clean working station makes it easier to cook and makes your cuisine taste better,” Girard explains.
5. Don’t pretend to know things. “If you do not know something, ask! This avoids conflict in the future and shows that you are willing to learn.”
Girard says to be prepared when entering a professional kitchen. “By preparing adequately, you set yourself up to be successful in a professional kitchen. As long as you follow the tips given, you will more than likely to succeed in the kitchen you work in,” he says. “Culinary schools can also prepare you to succeed in professional kitchens. Take a look at CookingSchools.com and find one today.”
CookingSchools.com is the leading source for information on culinary degrees, culinary schools and cooking programs. Maintained by Monster.com, a popular resource for job seekers and employers, CookingSchools.com helps prospective chefs, teachers, restaurant managers and culinary students find schools, jobs, and programs best suited for their needs. CookingSchools.com is an affiliate of ArtSchools.com, a similar directory featuring the best art schools.
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