I have worked for over 20 years in restaurants,hotels and clubs. I currently work as a private chef. I feel to be a good private chef you should have years of experience in restaurants. I can really relate to what Tony says in his book KC, I am now reading his new book Medium Raw, which is where he left off 10 years later and now wealthy. My one mistake when venturing out to start my private chef business was joining a personal chef association that also listed private chefs. I thought it was a good thing to have to show people your serious about business. For me it was an addition to be a CIA grad. I joined the forums and began interacting with other members. What I found out was that many of the "chefs" belonging to these groups are not really chefs at all as we see it. They pay their dues and talk about business and call themselves chefs but never worked a line. I developed a great amount of animosity towards this group because of this. My Kitchen confidential style of postings was immediately attacked every time posted. When finally the webmaster chimed in that people were complaining to her about other members, I felt necessary to chime in myself, "that no professional chef would ever rat another chef out. I kept this post up and running for about a month calling out for the rats as being unacceptable. I finally asked any other member of the forums to just agree with me that A true chef would never rat out his brother cooks, no one would agree with me. Who are these people, that call themselves chefs and never worked the line? Many have fat pensions from other careers and then claim to be personal chefs. It left off that I couldn't let the topic go, I was ashamed of all of them that they would continually attack me calling me a bigot a racist or whatever they could just because I stuck to my guns, my principals as a true chef, it took me years and years of busting my but to be called a chef! I was eventually censored from posting to shut me up. I think there maybe people on the forums that wanted to agree with me but are afraid of the church lady clicks that run it, such a shame, Just looking for guys who agree with Tony,that's my story.
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