Have you been working in the restaurant industry for some years now? Maybe you’ve worked your way up to head chef level? Your next move could be general manager of a kitchen or restaurant, or even a position as a private chef – how good would that be?!
There is no real secret formula to being a great chef; some people have it and others just don’t. It’s probably the same reason some of us are arty – and can create something wonderful when a pencil hits a sheet of paper – and others are instead great problem solvers.
If you’re to believe the British press, the Duchess of Cambridge recently enrolled on a two-week course at Leiths cookery school in a bid to brush up her skills in the kitchen. Of course, we mere mortals might not have a budget like Kate’s, or probably the free time, but there are still a number of courses you can check out.
Never has cooking been more dominant on TV than it seems to be today. With that in mind, then, the chances are you can reel off at least half a dozen names of top UK chefs with little to no thought. But what about the chefs making waves in France; can you name just as many?
What kind of skills and character traits make up a great chef? We bet it’s a different set of answers per diner; after all, we’re all looking to have our very own set of boxes ticked when we go out for a meal.
Pocketed a cool work bonus just in time to see out the end of summer? There’s a host of things you can spend it on; a break away with your friends, or a few decent nights out. But how about throwing caution to the wind and putting it towards a really good meal at one of the UK’s best fine dining establishments?
You don’t just need to know a thing or two about food to get the role as a Great British Menu judge; you have to live, eat (well, literally!) and breathe it. It’s something the trio of judges on the hit TV show know only too well, with each of them beginning their careers some years ago before working their way up the culinary ladder to get to where they are today.
You don’t have to be a trained chef to have a go at recreating some of the dishes you’d find in top restaurants the world over. If you’ve got a passion for food and plenty of patience, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with giving Michelin-style food a go at home.
Ever watched a cookery programme and thought ‘I can make that’, only to later have a go and discover it wasn’t quite as easy a recipe as it looked? Well, we’re flipping that situation on its head today, by bringing you some quick and easy recipes that are much simpler to make than you’d expect.
If you’ve ever imagined yourself slipping into chef’s whites and heading for a day’s work in the hustle and bustle of a restaurant kitchen, you’ve come to the right place. You’ll also know that people rarely just walk into a role as a chef; it takes time, training and lots of dedication.
So, you want to be a chef? One of the best things you can do to develop your knowledge of fine dining is simply visit some of the best restaurants London has to offer. Of course, we’re not just talking about: ‘oooh, that’s a nice place to go for a spot of dinner’; instead, we mean the big players, those destined to become the best of the best via their ever-rising number of Michelin stars.
You’ve heard the expression: ‘all the gear and no idea’, well here’s a new one: ‘all the gear and every idea!’ And by that, of course, we mean someone who’s as committed to doing something properly – be it a new skill or job – as they are in ensuring they have all the equipment they need to do it.
Every great chef has to start his or her culinary journey somewhere, with the commis chef being most cooks’ route into the role. As a commis chef, you’re well on your way to working your way up and becoming head of the kitchen, but it won’t happen without a lot of hard graft first.
If you love nothing more than getting cosy on the couch, mug of tea in hand and Saturday Kitchen on the box, it’s likely you’re also a big foodie. And a passion for food generally comes with an ambition to follow in the footsteps of people like Saturday Kitchen presenter, James Martin.
So you want to be a chef? The first thing you should know is it isn’t an easy profession to do well in. Possibly even above having a talent for the skill is also having the sheer passion to succeed; it’s a high-pressured environment. In fact, it’s probably how the phrase: “if you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen” came about. Well, that’s what we reckon anyway…