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Hello all, my name is Nick. I'm currently in university, going into my 3rd year. I'm going for a specialist in biology as well as a minor in chemistry (mainly organic chemistry).

I'll say it right here, I struggle with cooking a lot. I use various cookbooks, however, anytime I make a meal, it's usually too much or too little and takes several hours of cooking. My father and mother are both great cooks (as well as my cousin who lives close by and we have regular "feasts". She's very good).

I'm picked on since I'm brilliant in science and math but when it comes to cooking, I'm pathetic. I've always watched various cooking programs (favourites are ****'s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Chef At Large, Iron Chef and Iron Chef America, as well as other random ones, such as Sugar).

If I make anything, it's pretty random (i.e. not always a certain theme). Anyways, I'm eager to learn more about cooking.

For the chefs out othere (and all the other rankings), is working in a restaurant really like ****'s Kitchen? As in, is there always some guy barking and shoving you around?

All I ask, is not to be treated like a little kid. I've helped out cooking and done a bit myself, as I've said. I try to use common sense and logic for the most part. Also, any technical terms, I'll probably be clueless on. I'm good with anything simple but am best with making desserts (although some of them have turned out disgusting).
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Hello Nick!
Fear not! We'll treat you with respect. Chef Talk members are (with rare exceptions) welcoming to everyone who wants to learn and share, no matter your level of skill or comfort in the kitchen. We've had questions about topics as basic as "How do I boil an egg?" to which the questioner got a respectful answer. We have a good search tool here, so I recommend trying a search to see if your topic has been discussed before. If not- or if you simply choose to- just start a new thread. All we ask is that you post only in the General forums, and that you consider the Professionals' forums as "read only". Home cooks like you and me can still gain a lot from browsing there. The Professionals' forums will have answers to the question you have about whether Gordon Ramsey's show is realistic or not.


I noticed that you watch cooking shows that are entertaining but not very instructive for beginning home cooks. Might I suggest you have a look at shows with Ina Garten, Giada DiLaurentiis and Rachael Ray? They are geared more for the home cook who wants to expand his/her skills and may be a beginner. There are others, to be sure, but these three are a start.

Don't hesitate to ask questions here!
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