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Posts by Jim Berman

Ahahah! I appreciate the sentiment! Definitely has been a ride... not so sure about sitting back. It has been a reeeeally anxiety-riddled time. I appreciate the good thought!! :)
After 11 years of being a chef instructor in a public high school, I hit the wall. At the height of the success of my program, it just came a time to shed the classroom environment, the school shenanigans and embrace the fire of the kitchen. So I did it. At the end of the first semester of the school year, I tendered my resignation. I guess I wasn't mentally prepared to make the change and really went through a dark spot as I searched for meaning and a new direction. Alas,...
@Brandon ODell said it well! Keep ahead of the rush and stay well stocked. All I would is... take a breath. Keep your head on and take a beat every once in a while. A quick collection of your thoughts/tickets/plates is well worth a second or two of your time. Keep at it!
I just ended my run as a chef-instuctor in a high school after 11 years. Any insight I can share, please ask.
Network with your salespeople/vendors... The USFoods/Sysco guys always have a pulse on what places need kitchen staff as well as when somebody becomes available.
The chef debate is as old as... well... cooking in a kitchen. There have been many iterations on ChefTalk over the years. Just came across a fabulous that sheds a lot of light on the topic; it doesn't answer the question, nor does it take sides. Alas, it is good reading. Check out http://madfeed.co/post/76327285572/paris-cooks-chefs-mad-alexander-lobrano when you get a quiet moment to absorb.
^^ what @kaneohegirlinaz said! I write a few of those pieces and am always trying to get some readers. Welcome to ChefTalk, @triddick1!
I am willing to part with my copy if anybody is interested. Drop me a PM and I will send it your way.
I, too, have the DVD collection and go back to it from time to time. REALLY funny stuff and some fairly accurate details in cooking. Highly recommend!
Hey, Logs! Welcome! This is a great place to exchange ideas and get answers/offer insight when the need arises. And we are a friendly bunch. We'll keep it lively for you. What type of operation are you involved with in Montana?
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