Briefly, I'm a cook and I've been working in food service for about three years (I don't have a culinary degree). In part I owe thanks to cheftalk for advice that helped me land by best gig to date at a country club--full French style brigade! Without culinary background, I've found I'm more comfortable in a small family "diner-style" kitchen. And this is what my question concerns...
How can I better describe the food products I've worked with? Is there an official classification in cook resume lingo for the differences between pre-formed hamburger patties versus 1/2 pound from the ground beef log, or 1/2 pound of fresh ground chuck?
If not, help me make something up.
When I was in an interview for a local restaurant I was asked about my cooking experience. I replied by explaining my recent grill experience at a "squat and gobble" as mostly hamburgers cooked to 158 for 15 seconds (which is the local health code standard). This chef winced and said, we serve foie gras and we don't cook to those temperatures. Evidently "foie gras" was his code word for ranking his product.
I've been thinking about using "squat and gobble", but this would describe any type of restaurant where you don't have table service (from fast food chain to a cafe, to semi-attentive table service, haha). What I'm looking for, and this is where the group can help, are words to further divide squat and gobble.
One idea is raw food quality differences. The differences between fast food frozen and cash and carry  warehouse food products. Which still leaves room before you get to whomever it is that distributes foie gras and the Kobe beef that goes into a $25 hamburger.
Another idea is cooked-to-temperature differences. For example, how often do you feel comfortable asking for a rare hamburger at a dinette? It can be iffy. But that $25 hamburger better be good for it. At a fast food chain there's no issue. That makes three different types of food products, but what can I call them in an interview?
: for example, Restaurant Depot. http://www.restaurantdepot.com