Originally Posted by Costco77
it's hard to know where to start...dishwasher?? I really don't want to waste my time washing dishes when I could be learning and gaining experience in the kitchen. I would think going to culinary school is my only option....right?
if not go to culinary school how would you start?
Most of us started washing dishes, and it's not a waste of time. You don't think you wash dishes all the time, do you? If the cooks like your attitude, they will ask you to do food prep tasks, if the Chef likes your attitude, he will ask you to move up to salads.
I don't know how to make my opinions clear on cooking in a professional kitchen, but I will try:
Say you need a cataract surgery, you have a choice of two surgeons. First guy graduated 1st out of a class of 200, aced the surgery on computer simulation and on dead animals, but never really did it on a human before. The other guy has done about 500 surgeries, no complications. Who're gonna choose?
Yeah, yeah, a restaurant isn't surgery. It's the owner's life though, his finances and risk, his overhead and salary cost. It's the employee's livelyhood too.
Work at lest 9 mths in a restaurant before plopping your money down for school. It's (cooking professionaly) not for everyone.