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The tough line cook

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The question at hand is what makes a tough line cook, and what is considered as tough? 

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Personally I would say a tough cook is a cook that can literally handle the heat.  At the same time be knowledgeable in his or her work/ station. A strong/ tough cook doesn't allow the sound of a printer to discourage them. A tough cook can't multi task sometimes assisting in another station. A tough cook knows that you never compromise quality for the sake of putting the plate out to stop hearing a screaming expo. A tough cook does what he loves.

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After a line cook has all that down, then what?

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A Perfectionist  is a tough line cook

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Sunday night, after a long week in the weeds, you get a slow night. After getting a bunch of extra cleaning done, you're still ready to hit the clock once the door once the front door is locked. At five to, a deuce walks in...

A tough cook makes the app, salad, well done fillet, and dessert; all without batting an eye.
A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.  - Al E
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  - Ben Franklin
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A person who never made a mistake, never tried anything new.  - Al E
Guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  - Ben Franklin
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Originally Posted by Bill Paulk View Post

Personally I would say a tough cook is a cook that can literally handle the heat.  At the same time be knowledgeable in his or her work/ station. A strong/ tough cook doesn't allow the sound of a printer to discourage them. A tough cook can't multi task sometimes assisting in another station. A tough cook knows that you never compromise quality for the sake of putting the plate out to stop hearing a screaming expo. A tough cook does what he loves.

Not sure it could be said any better than that sir.

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A tough cook gets the job done hands down;handles all areas of the kitchen and can pick up the slack for a chef when needed.
 

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Originally Posted by chefedb View Post

A Perfectionist  is a tough line cook

I agree but aproachable and No oven mitts needed.

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