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Young French chef seeks US employment

One of my former English students from Toulouse, France is now attending Anne-Sophie Pic's culinary school and hopes to find a job in the U.S. in a couple of years. He has asked me for advice on how to go about that, avenues he should pursue, the kind of Visa he should get (before or after he finds a job?), so now I'm asking for you--- any advice or personal knowledge for fulfilling this dream of his?
posted by la_rousse on Jun 12, 2014 - 2 answers

Help me give a good gift to a budding sous-chef!

Calling all professional cooks -- My brother has found himself transitioning from the wait staff to the kitchen and is hoping to make his way to the sous-chef position. He's very enthusiastic about this and I'd like to give him a gift for his birthday to support this new endeavor. [more inside]
posted by amanda on Apr 14, 2014 - 16 answers

Help me get wonderful food to our guests.

I am organising a specialty holiday in Malaga, Spain for a fortnight this September. An awesome chef has come on board. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Mistress on Jul 24, 2013 - 11 answers

Food contest for professional cooks

Help me organize a food contest for professional cooks! The goal is to gather a number of regional cooking professionals and have them cook their version of a regional favorite food (already predetermined.) There would be a few celebrity judges and a few people who are pretty knowledgeable about food. The contest would be public and there would be a few recipes. How would you suggest this be done? What should be included? What should be avoided?
posted by Bunny Ultramod on Apr 24, 2013 - 3 answers

Monogramed knife bag?

My love has begun getting her foot in the door in the restaurant industry and working some kitchen shifts. Currently she brings her knives to work wrapped in a towel and rubber bands. I'd like to get her a nice knife bag/roll and have it monogrammed. I need advice on good brands/places to purchase this/what to look for! Any chefs/cooks out there have any recommends? Online stores or San Francisco shops preferred. Thanks!
posted by matt_od on Jan 22, 2013 - 6 answers

Light beer recipes: it's like a kitchen on a dock... cooking (with) near water.

I have 8-10 Bud Light beers in cans left over from my New Year's party. I'm not going to drink them... but can I cook with them? [more inside]
posted by 1f2frfbf on Jan 4, 2013 - 31 answers

Help me become a vegetarian cooking goddess

Elegant, healthy, protein-filled vegetarian recipes for the complete novice. I am cooking challenged! [more inside]
posted by 3491again on Aug 13, 2012 - 22 answers

Real cooking, please!

Please help me find videos of chefs cooking (not performing) and/or a real, working restaurant kitchen. [more inside]
posted by underthehat on Jun 6, 2012 - 10 answers

Advice On Starting A Personal Chef / Meal Delivery Business?

Recently I've been considering starting a small personal chef business. I was hoping there might be some personal chefs here on MeFi that could offer me some advice/tips. [more inside]
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on May 1, 2012 - 8 answers

What gift for the man who has everything??

Gift Ideas for local Celeb.. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 2, 2011 - 15 answers

Dinner's ready!

How do I become someone's home cook-for-pay? [more inside]
posted by Betty's Table on Sep 22, 2011 - 5 answers

It's My Memoir and I Can Cry if I Want To

Have you read the book, Blood Bones and Butter by Gabrielle Hamilton? Why are some people so adverse to pity-parties? [more inside]
posted by Fairchild on Jul 11, 2011 - 28 answers

Who cut the cheese?

What are the reasons cheese is seemingly so infequently used in "gourmet" cooking? [more inside]
posted by radiosilents on Jun 21, 2011 - 18 answers

How you say..."chef novel" in German?

What would you call a coming-of-age novel for a chef? In german? [more inside]
posted by madred on Apr 27, 2011 - 10 answers

Gifts For Chefs.

GiftFilter: Help me think of some great gifts for an outstanding amateur chef. I want it to be outstandingly awesome and useful but something that the recipient would never have gotten for themselves.
posted by the NATURAL on Dec 8, 2010 - 33 answers

What do I cook for a high end chef?

What to cook for a chef on a hot summers day? [more inside]
posted by jonathanstrange on Dec 3, 2010 - 21 answers

Dinner & Drink for the Insecure Epicure

What's for dinner? I am a reasonably skilled home cook whose skills fall into that grey area between "velveeta tuna cassarole" and "foie gras terrine with fermented plum gastrique;" my culinary skill has never failed to impress dates raised on the former, but this weekend I'm supposed to cook dinner for an experienced executive chef and I'm terrified. Suggestions for dinner, dessert, and an accompanying cocktail requested. [more inside]
posted by Juliet Banana on Sep 22, 2010 - 57 answers

He likes ALL kinds of Swedish Fish!

My brother is back in Chicago and looking for a job, preferably in the culinary world. But he's also looking to move away from retail and restaurant work, and is both unsure what's out there and wondering what other kinds of education he could do to improve his future prospects. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by Madamina on Sep 20, 2010 - 5 answers

How to become a chef?

I am a 32 year old amateur chef in the UK. If I wanted to become a professional chef, Where would I start? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Jun 29, 2010 - 9 answers

what type of host/hostess gifts are appropriate for a dinner party, and do you bring the chef a gift as well?

what to bring to dinner for the host and (well known) chef? [more inside]
posted by dublin on Feb 25, 2010 - 14 answers

Trying to remember the name of a book

I'm trying to remember the name and author of a book. I used to own it. It's about a journalist who goes to -- I think The American Culinary Institute -- or some other such school, to learn how to be a chef. [more inside]
posted by PersonAndSalt on Jan 15, 2010 - 8 answers

Your fraternity has a chef? Are you kidding me?

Did your fraternity / sorority have a full-time chef? Is this as common as my wife thinks? Read on... [more inside]
posted by Cool Papa Bell on Dec 21, 2009 - 61 answers

I love you, fresh egg

What cooking secrets take your food to the almost-pro level? [more inside]
posted by chalbe on Aug 24, 2009 - 135 answers

How to find a chef for a night in Amsterdam?

How can I find a chef/cook in Amsterdam to cook in our apartment one night? [more inside]
posted by davidvan on Aug 12, 2009 - 1 answer

Hands-on Cooking Classes in NYC

Where can I find hands-on and *cheap* cooking classes in New York? [more inside]
posted by reticulatedspline on Apr 24, 2009 - 4 answers

What are good culinary reference books?

I just got a job as a chef's apprentice, and I'm trying to collect scholarly culinary resources I can use to help me with my studies. So far my instructors have recommended The Professional Chef textbook put out by the Culinary Institute of the America and The Food Lover's Companion. Are there any other websites or books that are essential for would-be culinary professionals trying to learn a little more of culinary science, history, and cuisine classique? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on Feb 21, 2009 - 14 answers

I Like A Bit Of Comedy, Me

Can you help us with our British TV Comedy addiction? [more inside]
posted by Secret Life of Gravy on Dec 31, 2008 - 76 answers

Is Chef School Cool?

I want to become a better cook, is chef school the nuclear option? As a child, my mother insisted that I do the eating and not the cooking. Despite her best intentions, I ended up quite clueless on how to cook. In college, I improved by cooking for myself and quite enjoyed it. I just graduated from college and I'd like to pick up a tangible skill on the side and attend chef school. The reason is because I've only been cooking for 2-3 years and would like to improve faster than the oh-just-keep-at-it-and-it-comes-with-age-and-experience rate. [more inside]
posted by bodywithoutorgans on Nov 20, 2008 - 23 answers

Best message board for Cooking Questions?

Best message board for an aspiring cook? [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Nov 17, 2008 - 9 answers

Chocolate Salty Balls of Truffle

So my wife is going as Chef to the Rock Star themed potluck I previously asked about. Now we have to come up with a recipe for Chocolate Salty Balls. Anyone have a recipe for a sort of insanely good trufflely chocolate ball that we can lightly coat in some good salt? What would be a good salt to use? [more inside]
posted by Jupiter Jones on Oct 17, 2008 - 12 answers

Just what is with the chefs and the ugly pants?

Why is it that one often sees professional chefs outfitted in pants with ridiculous (some might say ugly) pattern prints such as these or these? Is there some logical explanation that I'm not aware of or do these chefs just have exotic taste in fashion?
posted by iamisaid on Aug 7, 2008 - 14 answers

I want to slice and dice and julienne...but with what?

How do I choose a great chef's knife? Feeling overwhelmed by all the choices. [more inside]
posted by supramarginal on Jun 12, 2008 - 43 answers

Where can I watch the Top Chef finale in Chicago tomorrow night?

Where can I watch the Top Chef finale in Chicago tomorrow night?
posted by wordsmith on Jun 10, 2008 - 3 answers

What is being a baker or sous-chef like?

What has been your experience working as a baker, sous-chef, pastry chef, or on prep staff in a bakery or restaurant? What was the job like? The hours? What skills did you need to know before being hired, and what was OK for you to learn on the job? Did you have any significant professional training before beginning, or was it all self-taught? I have discovered a love of baking and cooking, and am considering going into the field for a couple of years. Is this feasible to do so without culinary school? [more inside]
posted by schroedinger on May 28, 2008 - 12 answers

I want to assert mastery over my culinary domain

I want to make easy and tasty international recipes [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 31, 2008 - 14 answers

Just one cook is spoiling the broth.

How do you avoid chef's stomach? [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Jan 4, 2008 - 32 answers

Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book.

Help this impatient person learn how to cook from a book. [more inside]
posted by mintchip on Dec 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Pertains to Bourdain

Where can I find quotes of Anthony Bourdain's descriptions of his hangovers? Especially from his series, "No Reservations" on the Travel Channel.
posted by KrustyKlingon on Nov 13, 2007 - 3 answers

Help me find a recipe to knock peoples' socks off!

I've had this wish for a long time to have one self-prepared food item that is just extraordinary. Can you help me find a recipe that I can make that will 'wow' anyone I make it for? [more inside]
posted by Kickstart70 on Oct 7, 2007 - 24 answers

Kiss My (Vegan) Grits

Need a tagline for my (vegan) catering/baking business cards! [more inside]
posted by BE ADEQUITE on Aug 8, 2007 - 22 answers

Bork Bork Bork!

Help me learn to cook like a pro. [more inside]
posted by ikahime on Jun 19, 2007 - 24 answers

Is Chef a repetitive title like Mr?

This may be a debatable issue, but does anyone know if, when repeatedly referring to a chef, you should call him Chef Smith? I assume just Smith would be fine, but is Chef Smith wrong? or is Mr. Smith disrespectful? Looking at you, Languagehat.
posted by OrangeDrink on Jun 12, 2007 - 12 answers

I like to taste the young ones

Who are some passionate, exciting young (as in under 35) chefs in San Francisco? [more inside]
posted by mostlymartha on Mar 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Bad-ass gift for a chef in training

Aside from the standard knives, what would be a good gift for a student off to culinary school? [more inside]
posted by garbo on May 28, 2006 - 29 answers

Poster seeks poster.

I'm looking for a poster that used to hang in my grandmother's kitchen. [more inside]
posted by vernondalhart on Apr 22, 2006 - 4 answers

Chop chop!

What is the best way to learn professional level kitchen knife skills? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by rorycberger on Jan 10, 2005 - 30 answers

Great Chef's Knife

I'm looking for a great chef's knife. I'm getting married soon so we're registering for gifts. My fiancee and I already have a decent set of knives, but I want a really fantastic chef's knife. While poking around on Alton Brown's site, I noticed his glowing shill endorsement for Kershaw Shun knives. Does anyone have any other opinions or recommendations?
posted by zsazsa on Mar 13, 2004 - 29 answers

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