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Nine Tips for New Chefs

You'd be surprised at how many people decide to open up a restaurant had have little idea how to cook. They may want to hire a cook to help them out, or they may want to wing it on their own. After all, how hard can it be?

Very. A professional kitchen runs in a different way than your home kitchen. To aid newbie cooks, here are nine tips we swiped from an article from Spoon University that are vital to success in your commercial kitchen:

1. Keep your knives sharp

2. Add more salt if it needs it. Always season more.

3. Always read the recipe again. Even if you've made it a lot. Read it completely.

4. Don't use expensive ingredients, or expensive tools, if you don't need them. Restaurant supply stores like ours are great for finding quality equipment at reasonable prices.

5. Don't rush. Be efficient, but don't rush.

6. Taste as you go. Keep tasting spoons by the range.

7. Leave the pan alone! Let the food cook.

8. Know that all chefs fail every so often. Learn from your mistakes, but don't let them weigh you down.

9. Once you know your basics, start varying.

Another good way to learn lots of mistakes, surprisingly, is to watch seasons of Hell's Kitchen. Many of the people on that show make errors, and get an earful for it. You can also observe your chef while they work and see if they follow these nine tips. If they do, they're probably worth keeping!

2015-08-12 00:00:00
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