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I Am a Chef

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    I read a Marco Pierre White quote which said that he isn't a chef because you can only call yourself that if you're currently working in a commercial kitchen. Is that fair? [Not my favourite chef. I wouldn't mind meeting Raymond Blanc though]. - Vivas
    deleted deleted 26-30 4 Responses Jan 15, 2009

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    I have a question, well a few.

    I am 19 and a sous chef formerly was a pastry chef and a line cook it started baking in a coffee shop when I was 16. Somewhere else offered me a job as sous chef just down the block. The money is a little better but would this slow my progress to become a head chef?
    soxs45 soxs45 18-21, M 2 Responses Jun 11

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    At work a fellow chef

    once dared me to put a dingle berry in the pot while cooking some homemade vegetable soup. He dared me for 50 bucks. Would you do it? Is he crazy?
    DingleB DingleB 26-30, M 1 Response Jan 25

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    Chef From New Hampshire

    Greetings! I am a 14+ year seasoned chef who just loves the comforts of a really good santoku and working with the freshest of ingredients possible. I have worked corporate dining, personal chef, catering, and management as well. I love to work with asian dishes, classic BBQ...
    cramernh cramernh 36-40, F 1 Response Sep 20, 2011

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    New Delhi Cafe Bar Resturant

    Whilst doing my chef training at Tauranga Polytech, i got a night job at the New Delhi resturant takeaways. I was the dishwasher come alcohol finnisher from guests unfinnished glasses.  I carried a lot of weight in this position as you can see from the photographs! I really...
    lafsnack lafsnack 51-55, M 2 Responses Jan 10, 2012

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    Cooking

    When I am in the kitchen I am relaxed, it is a stress buster cooking for people I love entertaining, I love looking after the woman I am with. 
    deleted deleted 26-30 Oct 24, 2009

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    Disaster

    I was watching Hell's Kitchen. It usually gives me flashbacks to a certain day.   I was working at a restaurant in Lansing, the capitol city of Michigan. Every year there is a special parade, I can't remember the exact occasion now, might have been during riverfest. On that...
    bitterdregs bitterdregs 46-50, F 4 Responses Nov 20, 2009

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    Working to much... Thats how it goes

    when your a headchef and tomorrow is a holiday in this country.
    sneipen89 sneipen89 22-25, F 3 Responses May 16

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    Cheffing

    i have been a chef for 20+ years. i am based in the wonderful west coast of scotland. i gained my first rosette for cookery skills in 1993 and i have held at least one every year since then. i love my job but  i have recently moved from the kitchen into retail and i am...
    bosbos bosbos 41-45 4 Responses Jun 13, 2008

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    Tonight is the busiest night of the week

    as it would be for most restaurants. I have made up my mind to wear shorts on line because it's really hot here. I never wear shorts on line and being the sous chef and the youngest worker at the place I thinks I should try so some of the other cooks might wear shorts with their...
    soxs45 soxs45 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 6

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    Quick,Fast, and Done. Know your Ingredients and your there!

    Bunch of people came over last night, and cocktail hour continued for 2..All agreed they were hungry, I looked in the fridge and thought ok, let;s do pasta for 8 . by the time the pasta was Al Dente, the olive oil sauce contained, artichoke hearts, capons, fresh chopped garlic...
    Mck236 Mck236 51-55, M Jan 28, 2012

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    Oh casserole, so delicious

    when done right. Soo filling
    skellyton skellyton 26-30, M Apr 29

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    Cooking Is My Wild Heart...

    I love cooking, I say I am a chef, yet I am just a humble student who has burns and scars to show for it. Yea though I walk through the valley of the Mire Poix I still love it. Somedays when I feel like I am a total idiot ruining the hollendaise and burning my sauce I have to...
    thewildheart87 thewildheart87 21-25, F 2 Responses Jan 24, 2008

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    Passion In The Kitchen

    I used to hate cooking when I was younger. I always swore that I could never slave over a hot stove until the cooking bug bit me. I started making random dishes or dishes out if the cook book but I would use my Mum & hubby as a Guinea pig because I'm such a picky eater. My...
    thesilentchef thesilentchef 26-30, F Oct 26, 2012

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    I have cooked professionally

    for about 7 years now. I have such mixed views about this profession as it has so many good and bad qualities. I love what I do and I'm good at what I do but the money never backs up how hard I have to work. I recently got my first full time sauté position and I love it besides...
    Packie1990 Packie1990 22-25, M 1 Response Mar 6

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    Being A Chef

    I've been cooking for a little over 30yrs now. 23 of those in the Australian Army. Since retiring from the forces I have worked in a couple of hotels,clubs and mining sites in Qld. I am currently a Chef Manager here in Afghanistan looking after a team of over 100 hard working...
    blackdiamond38 blackdiamond38 46-50, M 1 Response Dec 24, 2011

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    Just Starting

    Although my position is a chef i dont really consider myself a chef yet.   I started out at a small local pub as a kitchen porter and eventully moved up onto the pizza section. After 6 or so months the head chef ended up leaving to go for bigger and better...
    nobodyknowswho nobodyknowswho 18-21, M 1 Response Dec 14, 2008

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    Overweight Chef

    Hi! I'm casting a new women's weight loss show from the producers of Extreme Makeover Weight Loss Edition. We are looking for ladies who between the ages of 18-35lbs who need to lose 50-85lbs. Please read the details below and let me know if you fit the description and are...
    Casting2012 Casting2012 26-30 Jul 30, 2012

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    Always was always will be.

    Even at the young age of 9 or 10 I liked to cook, and for several reasons. I am the oldest of four kids. Two brothers, identical twins 2 years younger and a sister 6 years younger. So it was a way to help out around the house and I got meals I wanted and the way I liked them...
    lowermrdeeds lowermrdeeds 46-50, M Mar 18

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    Celebrity Chef

    Hi gang, well as the title reads, i am a profession Chef have been in the business for over 40 years. Graduated from CIA in 1969 and got married 2 days later. Will be celebrating my 40 th anniversary in June. Found my soul mate, and my passion for cooking  at an early age...
    skychef skychef 61-65, M Jan 9, 2009

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    NEW Invention

    I LOVE TO COOK SINCE I WAS VERY LITTLE. SO IT WAS ONLY NATURAL TO INVENT AN ITEM TO HELP OVER COOKING OR UNDERCOOKING. AT NIGHT WHILE HELPING KIDS WITH HOMEWORK, WALKING THE DOG, OR GRILLING OUTSIDE AND CHANGING THE WASH FROM WASHER TO DRYER YOU DONT HAVE TO STAND OVER THE STOVE...
    BIZYBZZZ BIZYBZZZ 51-55 Dec 7, 2008

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    Good Cooks

    I'm not a chef.  I could never be a chef in the real world cause I don't have the stomach for a lot of things when it comes to cooking. I think I'm pretty good at it when I put my mind to it.  I'm lucky to have a husband who cooks good.  He's the one who taught me lots when it...
    Whateverrrrr Whateverrrrr 36-40, F 2 Responses Mar 3, 2011

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    sneipen89 sneipen89 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 13

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    Always working I feel like my job is never done

    I am a sous chef at a German restaurant.
    soxs45 soxs45 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 3

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    I Am A Young Chef

    They say they way to a mans heart is through his stomach and I'm starting to believe that's true!
    MiniMonkey MiniMonkey 18-21, F 1 Response Nov 25, 2013

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    Chef Groupie

    This should probably be a confession, but there is nothing sexier than a man that can cook! If there's an open kitchen when I'm dining out, I'm always at the table closest so I can watch the action. I don't know what it is about it that's such a turn on. I've dated eight...
    deleted deleted 26-30 2 Responses Jul 8, 2010

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    Im a Young Chef

    im 18 ive been cooking all my life i spent most of my childhodd in aeither a commercial kitchen or the one at home. im in a culinary program in myschool curently and i am planning to get my bachelors in bussines managment and open up my own bakery. Alot of my family takes it as a...
    lvtd lvtd 18-21 3 Responses Feb 26, 2009

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    Related Experiences

    I really want to be a chef. Maybe ill open my own restaurant. Who knows.
    ThatWallflower ThatWallflower 18-21, F Jun 22

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    Triscuit culinary fail... 
    KatzeB KatzeB 41-45, F 1 Response Jul 13

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M 1 Response 20 hrs ago

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M 20 hrs ago

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M 20 hrs ago

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    Not only do I love Southern hospitality, I offer Southern hospitality. My family owns a hunting lodge and vacation resort in the Southeastern United States. My parents got tired of...
    zakkattakk zakkattakk 13-15, M 20 hrs ago

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    Why should it take role reversal for people to be more compassionate about what the other person does? I just got through reading plenty of posts on another social site about...
    blossomingbeauti blossomingbeauti 36-40, F Jun 27

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    Hey guys! I need your help had to make a twitter for my chef job. Follow me please I'll follow back!! @chefbrandanbon
    soxs45 soxs45 18-21, M 1 Response Jul 9

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    Well today was weird at work. Im in food and bev. Someone in the food line brought beer, my sous chef found it and ask everyone whose beer it was everyone said "not mine" ten mins...
    cheffAri cheffAri 26-30, M 2 days ago

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    I am a qualified chef but havnt worked in the catering industry in years but still enjoy cooking and I cook n_ked at home . Pity I never got to cook that way when I did it for a...
    beastman111 beastman111 46-50, M 1 Response Jun 22

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    I wake up at 2 am and I start thinking about my future . I know now that I might never be wt I want to be . No one is supporting me in my family I said I want to be a chef they...
    DrowningInPain2 DrowningInPain2 13-15, F 3 Responses Jun 25

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    Hungryyyyyyy my personal chef is at our friend's house right now. I have to cook for myself??!! What is this crap?! Lol
    klou24 klou24 22-25, F Jun 26

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    I really resent my father sometimes. First off, he knows everything. He's a doctor, a lawyer, a mechanic, a chef, a veterinarian, a repairman, etc. You get the point. And he won't...
    LadyBojangles LadyBojangles 16-17, F 2 Responses Jun 27

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    Once a daughter complained to her father that her life was miserable and full of problems😿.. She was tired of fighting and struggling all the time.... It seemed just as one...
    Aryg Aryg 36-40, F 6 Responses Jun 27

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    Just random things. 1. I am a prayer warrior. I love God and I would not say I am religious. I could say I always try to find to talk to him through prayers. 2. I love my family...
    BakerQueen14 BakerQueen14 22-25, F 1 Response Jun 27

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    Anyone seen the movie 'Chef'? It's pretty cool, not too much of drama, just a light hearted fun movie. But boy, the amount of food all gloriously directed in the movie- bacon...
    atikin atikin 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 28

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    <<< A MUST READ 4 all human >>> Your mom carried you in her womb for nine months. She felt sick for months with nausea, then she watched her feet swell and her skin stretch...
    DrMATRIX007 DrMATRIX007 26-30, M 2 Responses Jun 28

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    I moved on my own at 19 but I really didn't learn how to "cook" for another 7 or 8 years. Spaghetti sauce and hot dogs really don't count as cooking. I mean, if you can't figure...
    Beaver318 Beaver318 41-45, M Jun 30

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    I love cooking so much that i decided to be chef :)
    manunanu manunanu 18-21, F 1 Response Jun 30

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    In more ways than one. Lets name them off. Sophisticated-Redneck Childish-Adult Female-Chef Vegetarian-Hunter Girl-Gamer Athletic-Nerd Thats all i can think of right now.
    TheHeroOfThyme TheHeroOfThyme 18-21, F Jul 1

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    Chef'Special - In Your Arms
    JosephSpartanCrimson JosephSpartanCrimson 26-30, M Jul 3

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    I'm a chef and I have a phobia of being locked in the freezer. Maybe it stems from the film "Shallow Grave".
    michaeln41 michaeln41 41-45, M Jul 4

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    Did you hear about the Italian chef that died? 
    Cristofori Cristofori 41-45, M 2 Responses Jul 4

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