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  Hey, wait a minute!  I have a great idea for a new reality TV show, we'll call it "who wants to be a Chef?"  See, we'll get this Chef--not just a chef-chef, but a Chef,Chef,Chef-you-know-a-real-Chef, one with full-sleeve tats and a knife made from a solid piece of unobtanium, forged by mystical dwarves on the very pinnacle of the Dutch Alps.  Anyway, we get this Chef and give him/her a one year lease on a beat-up 50 seat diner and film the whole thing.  If he opens on...
I really think you should work for at least a year in a kitchen before you go any culinary school.    This is probably the single, most important piece of advice I can offer you right now.  Should you take this advice, chances are that in 3 years from now you will be very happy that you did.  If you choose not to take the advice, odds are 80/20 in favour that you wished you did 3 years later.   Hope this helps
Yes, you will need a hood for electric ranges, most municipalties will want this as even electric ranges will produce grease laden vapours and odours and they need to be removed.   Refrigerated pastry cases:   1) Avoid used at all costs 2) Avoid gravity coil types at all costs 3)Avoid anything made with barficle board (particle board comprised of sawdust and glue), or plywood.  There are a lot of cheap N. American brands that still do this.   4) Double glazed glass...
That's the thing I don't get.  The French brigade and naming system goes all the way back to Escoffier.  I want to make it crystal clear that this is NOT an ideal system or even relevant in today's kitchens, but it is a system.   Now the metric system and the imperial system are both systems and work well--if you leave them alone and don't try to mix them up.  You're gonna get awfully confused if there are 12 decimeters in a meter or 1000 feet in a mile.   So why dick...
If you need knowledge with equipment or design, go to a large restaurant equipment store.  For bakeries, try a bakery equipment store.   Your municipality HAS to provide you with what they want to see in your kitchen. Don't even start untill you know what they want, so if need be, pay them a visit.  Most municipalities will require a grease trap for any commercial kitchen or bakery.  I do only chocolate and pastry, but am required to have one. You will need a hood for a...
Agreed, there are architects who do specialize in commercial kitchens.   But commercial kitchen design isn't a subject covered in any Architectual curriculum, it's something learned in the field.  And not many architects specialize or have a working knowledge of commercial kitchens.   Like I said, most of the commercial kitchens are designed by restaurant equipment dealers who have a specialized department for this.
I meant every word I said, DHcarch, architects don't have much knowledge of commercial kitchens.  Both my brother and his wife are architects, and my sister-in-law also teaches architecture.  Architects know design, codes, building and construction methods, and the ways and mysteries around city hall.  Give them a restaurant to design, and they will focus on design of the dining room, but will have no idea of kitchen layout and contract that out to a restaurant equipment...
You lost me there. Care - A - Mel.  Three syllables.  Period.  Refers the maillard reaction when cooking sugar, nothing to do with milk products.  You can cook milk all you want to, but you won't get caramel, you'll only get it if you add additional sugar to the milk.
1 o/o a chocolate shop and bakery/cafe 2 We do have our website, other than that, no 3 No, none of that stuff. Ever. 4 Some do.  They can take all the pictures they want to of items they buy.  I ask them not to take pictures of the display cases, the decor, or the staff.
If I may, can I offer one piece of advice?   Try before you buy   You wouldn't dream of buying a pair of shoes without trying them on first, and probably the same with any piece of clothing.   You've never worked in a pastry kitchen, but you are willing to fork out a large chunk of time and money to prepare yourself for working in one?   Try before you buy   Get into a kitchen, any kitchen, and see if you like it.  See if you like the co workers, the employers,...
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