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Can TV Chefs Teach You?
Television has always been a tool for entertainment, but can it instead be a tool for education?
Of course! This has been proven time and time again. But, what about improving your skills in
terms of cooking? The good news is that some of those televisions shows you are watching for
entertainment may also be teaching you a great deal at the same time. The fact is, some of
today's top television chefs are teaching people skills that are transferring back to the kitchen.
Do you notice yourself chopping differently or perhaps trying to dice onions by slicing the onion
in two ways first?
It is important to have a good teacher who is following the directions. On cooking television
shows, be sure that those you are watching have the credentials to teach you. Have they gone
to culinary school or are they at least teaching you the techniques in the proper format? Also, be
sure to find someone to watch that you trust and like. These will help you to pay more attention
to that chef which translates getting more knowledge from them.
There are a variety of things you can learn from a television chef. You can learn how to properly
cook various meals. You learn how to know when food is properly cooked. You also learn
methods for cutting foods of all types. You may have learned how to fold in whipped cream so it
does not deflate. You may have learned how to make a cheese cake in a water bath without
burning yourself. You may love those special views (like peering in from the interior of the oven
to the television host.) You can learn to do everything from make a fantastic drink to learning
where the dish originated.
The wealth of knowledge available on these programs should not be all you have, especially if
you plan to be a professional chef. Still, for many, this is a springboard onto more impressive
things. It may help to encourage you to get in the kitchen and try different foods. It may also
help you to know how to tell if an avocado is ripe and how to make your own, homemade pesto
within minutes. The benefit of television cooking and television chefs is that they are real people
who speak to the masses about the skill of cooking. On your path to becoming the perfect chef,
you may want to utilize these benefits.
Attempt New Foods To Further Your Skill
Many professional chef fall in love with one or more specific types of foods. They become
passionate about the quality and history of that food. They may spend countless days and
nights learning the history, the spices and the overall best way to perfect these recipes. This is
great passion. This is something that can help any individual to take their culinary skills to the
next level. Are you doing this even within your home? If not, it could help you to explore new
One of the markets of a great chef, as opposed to a good chef, is their understanding of the
food. It is of their depth of education and knowledge that they can really do well. The good news
is that you can easily get this level of knowledge by simply doing some homework. Take some
time to learn about the history and the culture from where your favourite dishes come from. You
may find out some pretty amazing facts including what dishes are commonly made with it and
why the dish came to be. This is a great way to learn how properly to make the dish too.
One thing you may find along the way is that you will come across foods that you are not
familiar with. Perhaps you have never cooked with that type of fish. Perhaps it is a new spice
you have never tried and you are worried about ruining a dish from its use. You may find that
these new foods are just what can help to set you apart from others. If you do come across an
ingredient that is new to you, check out your local, small grocers to get more information about
Trying new foods and incorporating them into new dishes can help you to stand alone in the
world of cooking. It takes a lot of time to test out new dishes, but when you invest the time in
using these new, fresh ingredients, it can be a lot of fun. You may not like them all, but the ones
that you do like are definitely going to be well worth it! Take a few minutes to consider the
options that you have. Are you ready to try a few new foods and start helping those who you
cook for to learn about the history of these dishes? They will be culturally rich from you doing
this, too.
Catering To Unique Tastes
How does a great chef handle those picky eaters? It could be your child or even an adult. There
is no question that it can be very frustrating to spend hours over the stove preparing a meal only
to find out that the individual it is being made for does not like one or more f the ingredients in
the meal. The first step is to realize this is not an insult to you, the chef. Rather, it is an
opportunity for you to strike out and impress the individual as well as your other guests.
If there are allergies within a family or a group, these need to be adhered to. There is no excuse
for a chef not to know about allergies within their guest list. The key instead is to be sure to
either inform the guests coming to the home of the menu ahead of time and encourage them to
ask questions. Or, if this is not possible, the other option is to ask guests as they arrive if there
is anything you should know when preparing their meal. In most cases, there is no problem.
Now, what about that individual that may not like the food you are serving but has no medical
reason not to eat it? Let's consider a child, for example, how do you convince them to try the
dish even as they push it away? With children a good option is to simply bring them into the
kitchen and have them help you to prepare it. When children are involved in even the smallest
of tasks in the kitchen, they feel great about themselves and are more willing than ever to try
new foods.
For the adult who is being picky, let them know that you have gone to great lengths to try out a
new recipe, one you are sure they will enjoy. Encourage them to try the dish, asking them to
give your recipe a try. If they simply will not do so, then don't force it on them. Most adults will
still consume at least some of the food out of respect.
When it comes to those who have unique tastes in foods or those who are just overly picky, it
may be best to find foods that they do enjoy and to have those prepared for them. When you
just want everyone to enjoy your meal, encourage him or her to try it.
Characteristics Of A Great Chef
So you love being in the kitchen, but do you have the characteristics to be a great chef? Being
a great chef doesnít happen overnight. It takes a lot time and perseverance to be a chef. There
are a few characteristics that are going to make the difference between your being a good chef
and a great one.
One of the first things youíll learn is that you need to be good at multi tasking. There isnít a day
that goes by where you wonít have to do many things at one time. Most kitchens move at a
very fast pace and youíll have to learn to keep up no matter what is happening around you.
Youíll need to make quick decisions and think things out very clearly. What are you going to do
if that lamb youíve been cooking canít possibly be ready in ten minutes?
If you want to run your own restaurant and kitchen youíll need to make instant decisions so that
everything runs smoothly. The kitchen is a busy and noisy place with lots of people running
around trying to get a job done. A great chef has the ability to tune out what isnít significant and
focus on what is important at that time.
Successful chefs are able to monitor everything that is being prepared in the kitchen while at the
same time staying on top of their own duties. If someone else is having problems, the head
chef needs to be able to assist at the drop of a hat without missing a beat. A kitchen runs
smoothly when the chef is able to inspire everyone to stay focused even it seems as though
things are falling apart.
No restaurant is going to serve only one dish. This means the chef will need to be cooking
many things at one time, especially if the restaurant is a busy and successful one. And no
matter how busy the restaurant is, every dish will have to go to the table with perfection or else
the reputation of the restaurant as being ďsuperbĒ will soon falter.
Alongside all the quick thinking and multi tasking that goes on in the kitchen, a great chef will
need to be creative. Itís this creativity that is going to make one chef stand out more than
another. Diners donít want to choose from the ordinary. They want to eat food that is unique,
inspiring, and great tasting. Great chefs have the ability to pull all this together to achieve
Achieve Perfection As A Saucier
There are many different types of chefs in the kitchen, each with their own tasks, working
toward making perfect meals. No matter what specialty you decide to focus on, you want to
choose something that inspires you, allowing you to create something youíre proud of and that
will take you to the top of your profession.
Once such speciality chef in the kitchen is the saucier. This type of chef specializes in
preparing sauces that are, in most cases, combined with other foods, such as meats that are
cooked in the sauce.
Although it may not seem like an important part of cooking to specialize in, the saucier in fact
holds a very prestigious position among chefs, especially when it comes to French haute
cuisine, which is all about the sauces. If you want to become a saucier, there are five basic
types of sauces that youíre going to have to perfect.
The first of these sauces is a brown sauce, also known as espagnole. A brown sauce is made
from butter, flour, and stock made from vegetables and roasted bones. This sauce is often the
base for many hearty meat and poultry dishes. A good saucier will make sure the stock has
simmered long enough to produce good flavour.
A veloute sauce, or white sauce, is made from a light stock, usually vegetables, and a pale roux.
This type of sauce is used with milder tasting dishes to add a bit of creaminess.
The third basic sauce a saucier needs to perfect is a bechamel sauce. This is a basic white
sauce made from butter, milk, and flour. In some cases, cheese may be added. Youíll find this
sauce in vegetable, pasta, and egg dishes.
A vinaigrette sauce is the ideal combination of vinegar and oil, with other ingredients added
depending on the dish it will be accompanying, in most cases a salad of some kind. Additional
ingredients might include herbs, garlic, shallots, or spices.
The last sauce that a saucier needs to make well is a hollandaise sauce, used with many egg
and vegetable dishes. Hollandaise sauce is made with butter, egg, and mayonnaise.
Those are just the basic sauces that a saucier needs to know how to cook. They also need to
have an exceptional sense of taste, which allows them to be creative in the sauces they
prepare. After all, itís often the sauce that makes the dish.
Countdown To Becoming A Great Chef
Becoming a chef in the industry of culinary arts is perfect for anyone who eats, drinks, and lives
for food! However, if you want to become a great chef, there are some points you should focus
on to ensure your rise to the top. What chef doesnít want to have their name recognizable on
the lips of everyone interested in food?
So just how do you make your way up the chef ladder? There are a few things you can do so
that you get the experience and exposure you need to cook like a great chef. Perhaps one of
the first places to start is by enrolling in a reputable and successful culinary arts school.
Cooking schools are one of the best places to acquire the skills and techniques every chef
needs to succeed. Graduating from a cooking school increases your chances of getting hired at
some of the top restaurants around the country.
Once youíve acquired culinary skills and knowledge, you need to practice, practice, and practice
some more! The only way youíre going to get better is to experiment with different ingredients
and tastes. Practice at home by throwing extravagant dinner parties. Or work at a local
restaurant so that you gain experience on the job. And remember that youíre going to make
mistakes along the way, but itís these mistakes that are going to teach you how to recover when
things donít always go the way you planned.
Learn as much about the culinary business as you can. When youíre working in a restaurant,
make note of the way the kitchen is run, even if your duties within the kitchen only encompass a
small part of what happens there. A great chef knows every aspect of how a kitchen is
managed, all the way from ordering food to preparing the easiest dish on the menu.
Strive for excellence no matter what your role in the kitchen is. Most of the greatest chefs have
made it to the top just by persevering even when they were under a lot of pressure. No matter
what youíre asked to do, no matter how insignificant you may think it is, always do your best.
Remember that the more time you invest in your career the better a chef youíll become.
Perhaps the most important part of becoming the perfect chef is your love of food! Great chefs
love what they create. Itís your enjoyment of food that is going to inspire you to make those
awe inspiring signature dishes your fans wonít soon forget
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