While consistency, financials and skill set are all important to keep in mind in professional kitchen operations, it is important that we not lose focus of the fundamental skills necessary for any cook.
Skills will grow, abilities will improve and confidence will increase exponentially over time, but any new cook must begin with a focus on those critical foundations that are the expectation of every chef in any type of food operation.
From the beginning it was a hit. After eight dinners, 200-plus members have participated, and a strong culinary voice emerged.
The foundations allow a chef to move beyond the cookbook and know what needs to be done to create a good dish, how to approach a basket of ingredients and build a plate of food into something that demonstrates understanding and passion.
How breaking with traditions that are no longer working can breathe new life into a private club.