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what to do before Culinary programme starts????

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Hi all "Selamat Petang dan Salam Sejahtera" a warm greetings in Bahasa Malaysia as I'm a Malaysian,and I'm also new to this forums.

So basically I just graduated from high school and I'm going to pursue my career as a chef(diploma in culinary arts) before my programme starts I would like to ask what should I prepare myself???as I don't want to be a student without knowing anything on this field. 


Edited by Andrew Ou - 7/14/13 at 2:58am
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Hey Andrew! Read, read, read! Read books on different cooking techniques to give you a headstart on the fundamentals (there's just too much information to learn. My first term in culinary school I wish that I had read up on knife cuts, sauces, and cooking temperatures. My first week working in a restaurant I wish that I had read up on how to shuck oysters) and biographies on successful chefs to get a primary account on their experiences and to motivate you because honestly, most people that go to culinary school will just end up regular line cooks. If this is your dream then fine. If it's not, dig deep and find the motivation somewhere because it'll help! Also, if you can, get a job in a restaurant to develop your time efficiency and multitasking.

 

Good luck!

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Sudan Makan.....

 

Yes, read all you can, but more importantly, try to work in a restaurant kitchen right now--even if it is only dishwashing or vegetable prep, you will need this experience. 

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Originally Posted by Lenore786 View Post

Hey Andrew! Read, read, read! Read books on different cooking techniques to give you a headstart on the fundamentals (there's just too much information to learn. My first term in culinary school I wish that I had read up on knife cuts, sauces, and cooking temperatures. My first week working in a restaurant I wish that I had read up on how to shuck oysters) and biographies on successful chefs to get a primary account on their experiences and to motivate you because honestly, most people that go to culinary school will just end up regular line cooks. If this is your dream then fine. If it's not, dig deep and find the motivation somewhere because it'll help! Also, if you can, get a job in a restaurant to develop your time efficiency and multitasking.

 

Good luck!

Hi Lenore,Thanks for sharing me your experience.

Yeah I do agree you who don't dream to be a famous chef right???

Can I have a question?? Do you advice me to work in a restaurant(whatever jobs) while study since I'm looking for more experience.

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Sudan Makan.....

 

Yes, read all you can, but more importantly, try to work in a restaurant kitchen right now--even if it is only dishwashing or vegetable prep, you will need this experience. 

Hi Foodpump, Thanks.

 

I had deciding to work on a restaurant to train my perserverance as I read most of the article state that chef works under huge pressure.

Will it be too late for me when I starts working on restaurant when my culinary term starts??

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It would be ideal if you could work10-16 hrs per week while going to school.  Many culinary school students do this, mainly to help pay bills and living expenses.  What you will learn in a restaurant kitchen is how to move, how to think on your feet, how to plan your movements, and how to work quickly
 

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It would be ideal if you could work10-16 hrs per week while going to school.  Many culinary school students do this, mainly to help pay bills and living expenses.  What you will learn in a restaurant kitchen is how to move, how to think on your feet, how to plan your movements, and how to work quickly
 

Thanks foodpump,I will consider about that.

 

Much appreciated. :) 

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