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How to Become a Great Cook

I’ve loved to cook from a very young age- luckily I had parents that encouraged my desire to be in the kitchen. I started with the basics- eggs, pancakes, and grilled cheese sandwiches. Simple fried eggs were mastered first- my folks had an ingenious way of making sunny-side up eggs perfectly.

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Kitchen Abuse, Paying Your Dues

What does it take to become a chef? These days, it doesn’t seem like much. Every day I run into people that say they’re chefs, but I become skeptical when they tell me about their lack of experience. I’m continually hiring people that assure me that they can cook, but end up being skilled at only one thing; complaining. Not only do these fresh-out-of school kids expect the world, they don’t want to have to work their way up the ladder, putting in the necessary time and effort to truly learn their profession. I hope I’m not dating myself by saying, “When I graduated from cooking school, things were different…you really had to prove yourself before you got promoted…” The truth is things are different. With the gaining popularity of The Food Newtwork, and other food-related shows, everyone wants to become a chef.

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Cooking School

So you’re thinking about becoming a chef? Well, there are a few things that you should consider before taking the plunge. First, let’s look at some culinary history. Several years ago, someone approached a small cable network and decided to start a food network that would run continuously, 24 hours a day. I imagine at the time he/she were laughed out of the room. Who would watch cooking shows non-stop? Surely there wasn’t a market for something like that. Well, someone was listening, because in February of 1993, the Food Network was born; an all-food, all-the-time channel.

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