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post #1 of 8
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ive worked in a kitchen before, not long in either instance, im a foody.. ive cooked at a village inn a bit, not much though.. and prepped at a hotel.. anywho ive got a burning question!

 

i just applied for applebees and they said the chances are good of me getting a job as a line cook there. i just turned in the app last night and am calling tomorrow, but my question is on applebees.

 

is it a good kick in the rump jump start for a culinary career? im 21 and am looking to really get into the field. the other times i was in a kitchen i will not add to any resume's, both were little experience..

 

so what do you guys think? is applebees a good REAL start to a culinary career? i already assume everythings going to be all pre packeged and the hardest part will be the menu (if any real difficulty). i work fast, and am a realitivley quick learner.. i learn better on the fly, but its also hard to learn while going that fast, i can learn most duties that way, but the menu is out of question..

 

i am betting there will be a menu test anyways so thatll all be done with anyways :P

 

sorry i started ranting lol. anywho, applebees? good place to start if i want to get into culinary as a career? or no way jose?

 

thanks!

post #2 of 8
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Originally Posted by boyo1991 View Post

i already assume everythings going to be all pre packeged

IMO that answers your question. A better way to start a culinary career would be to work in a real restaurant, or catering company, one with real cooks who actually cook food. 

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IMO that answers your question. A better way to start a culinary career would be to work in a real restaurant, or catering company, one with real cooks who actually cook food. 

so its not even a good start? id love to be able to hop into it all, but theres not many places around here that arent pre packaged.. and of the ones that are, there not able to hire...

 

i think it would be a good resume starter.. and thats what i need it to be... is that agreeable?

post #4 of 8

You can learn a few things there, mainly how the system flows.  You can also figure out how to make things better although that'll probably get you fired.  :D

 

Just remember, everything you serve at Friday's can be made from scratch, even their whisky flavored sauce.

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theres not many places around here that arent pre packaged.. 

That sucks - where are you located? No small burger joints, taco stands, food trucks, diner, cafe, breakfast joint....? I guess as Kuan said you'll still learn a few things, just not much about cooking...

post #6 of 8
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im in fargo nd, and kuan, thats kind of what i was expecting :P ;)

 

but yah, fargo has a few.. but none ever hire because here everything is a chain.. its why we have a good economy... because everything is done so cheaply... lol

 

id think id be willing to move, if the job security would be right... but here, theres hardly any.. and they get little buisness... someday, id like to open my own resturaunt..

 

i can name all of the resturaunts that are not chains (technically krolls is, but its only in ND as far as i know..)

 

krolls diner,

granite city (as far as i know.. its a nice high end place though)

and a couple places that are currently going bankrupt...

 

theres no resturaunts here like youd see on "diners, drivins & dives" none exist, unless you want to count bars.. we have plenty bars.. but i dont want to work at a bar... LOL

post #7 of 8

For the record, I'm fully against Applebee's.  Its not a place I would want anyone to work if they are looking to make this a career.  My first thought is "Sure, why not. Get some experience in a kitchen and if it works out, get out of Dodge and find a real restaurant."  On second thought, working in the kitchen at Applebee's might make you hate cooking and restaurants in general.  If youre serious about exploring this field, find the best restaurant you can that is not a chain and give it a shot. If youre still serious, get out of ND and get some real experience. Could be the best thing you ever do.

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Originally Posted by cacioEpepe View Post

working in the kitchen at Applebee's might make you hate cooking and restaurants in general.  If youre serious about exploring this field, find the best restaurant you can that is not a chain and give it a shot. If youre still serious, get out of ND and get some real experience. Could be the best thing you ever do.

 

My thoughts exactly. 

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