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:bounce:doe's risotto have to be cooked to order or is there a way to hold it if you are serving lots of orders?

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At a couple of the places where I worked, we cooked it most of the way, then spread it out on sheet pans to cool. It was finished in just a few minutes for service, adding more liquid to thin and finish.

The important thing is not to refrigerate it, if you can avoid it, because that hardens the rice grains.

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Once you have cooked it all the way it will not hold without spoiling. Most restaurants do what Suzanne said, or another method which I have not tried is to boil the rice for five minutes, drain and then cool it. This should reduce the cooking time to about ten minutes.
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At some really really high end restaurants, however, do cook it to order. but they also give you a nice bottle of wine and ask for 45 minutes to 1 hour for the cook time.
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There's a really small but really nice Italian place on my street that serves some of the best risotto I've had, it's just too bad they only serve it on Wednesday. I guess it's due to the trouble it is.
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