I wondered about the "M.A.S.H." reference in cape chef's post as well. However, my first reaction was to "it's time to pull down your pants." My thought was, Oh no you di'int.
Edited by boar_d_laze - 6/13/10 at 2:05pm
BDL I stand along side you when it comes to Julia. I believe she did more for the American housewife and food prep. then anyone in her era. She simplified the mystique that was attached to French Cuisine. I know she was a great influence on me. Harold Mc gee is not a great chef, but he knows the how and why of foods and cooking processes as did Ms. Child. Would James Beard be a chef? Who is to judge .All I know is what they did for the profession.and I thank them both. EJB
BDL Oh well I guess it's just age!!!!!!!
Well I noticed that most people that dont work in the industry thinks that everyone that cooks is a chef. I had a chef jacket on the other day when I was going to work and some lady just assumed I was a chef,but I told here I was cook. In my eyes a chef is an executive chef or someone that is given the position of CHEF in a job such has executive chef,or sous chef. I think allot of people get the title mixed up.
my opinion is that it's all about the experience... it annoys me to the highest degree when people fresh out of culinary school call themselves a chef as the title 'Chef' is known to mean 'Head'. i myself happen to be a graduate and i HATE when people say, oh you're finished. that means you're a chef now right? ARGH it bugs me soooo much. If you so insist on seeing those 4 letters next to your name, just add on the additional words while you're at it; 'chef de partie' ; and go right back to peeling onions.
people need to work years and years to earn that title. there are so many things that are yet to be learned and it's not something you read in a textbook. how to deal with irate customers, what to do when something goes faulty in the kitchen, how to deal workers that have absolutely no concept of sanitation... the list goes on and on really.
now ask me if the over glorified racheal ray is a chef. my answer is a straight up NO :)
From a student perspective a Chef to me is someone who either is running the kitchen (executive) or has the word Sous in front of their title. If the word "chef" is not in your title then you're not a chef. On the flip side, if you were a chef at one point and now teach or are retired I think you can still call yourself a chef.