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  1. Peter_Commis_Chef

    my apprentice wants to move on :(

    Let her go. It's her life at the end of the day and to some people life is too short for working in this industry. I'd be in a similar position to your apprentice and I'd be extremely disappointed if my head chef didn't understand or was angry towards me for wanting the best for MYSELF, when I...
  2. Peter_Commis_Chef

    No breaks in this biz

    I'm kinda new to this whole industry BUT... I had work experience while I was is college back in 2015. The work was part of college work experience. Staff took 10/15 minutes for a break during a 8 or 9 hour shift! Since this was my first experience of working in kitchens I assumed it was normal...
  3. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Hi again Chefwriter! These look like extremely handy things to have! Thanks very much for the info. The visual model set is something I was actually looking for! But I just couldn't find it, as I didn't know the name of it! :) Thanks very for the reply. :)
  4. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Thanks for your reply! :)
  5. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Ah no worries Chefwriter! I'll do that research on my next days off and look into this subject more. Thanks for the suggestion none the less. Just doing a quick google there, a book apears titled "The Principles of Scientific Management" the author is in fact Frederick Winslow Taylor himself...
  6. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Ah Cheers, naw that seems to be a problem with my lap top or something. Anyway cheers for that. I'll order that book in the next day or two. :) Thanks. That's a good idea to keep one at the top of the chopping board to be able to refer back to it. I'll bare that in mind. :) I suppose I over...
  7. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Everyone here and my chefs at work are saying that, speed will come with confidence. But I want to be fast now. :D Oh, he shows me one and then lets me continue on. I can't remember if I already said it here but, I asked the head chef and he said that I am doing good, but my lack of speed is...
  8. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    What I mean is that I am kinda thinking "am I getting the width of the veg perfect." So essentially just over analysing the situation too much. Ya, my knife is sharp the chefs at work sharpen it for me. Thanks for the book recommendation. But the picture isn't appearing for me. :( Thanks...
  9. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    I would also like to thank everyone for the help, advice and guidance you all are providing me with. It has really provided me with a clearer vision on my work and where I am going wrong. It's very much appreciated. :)
  10. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Ah yes, I get you. Keeping them curled ensures that they are out of the knifes chopping line at all times. That's very interesting that we are still using that same principle today. I see the logic behind it now. Oh I would be delighted if you could. Thanks very much. Also, thanks for taking...
  11. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    I totally see what you're saying Kevin! That's the way I chop onions. But I find the peppers the most time consuming veg to prep. The sous chef at work showed me that if I am prepping cauliflower, if I chop it in half I can cut out the florets without having to waste time removing the leaves. He...
  12. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Oh, I've started asking questions and watching what the other chefs do. They really are good at showing me and helping me along. But I've still to make a lot of progress. In-terms of my speed.
  13. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Hi Cheflayne, Interesting you say this. I never looked at it this way. I asked my head chef what he thought of me so far, as in. What I'm doing well/not so well and where I need to make improvements. What he said was that my attitude is good and I'm very eager to learn. But my speed is holding...
  14. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Hi again Chefwriter. I totally see what you mean. I used to grip the handle of the knife with my right hand. So it was only this week that I realised that the pinch grip was the proper method. As for the other hand, I do bring my fingers back to avoid chopping them off. But I need to learn how...
  15. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    I'll start doing this at home. Thanks very much for your reply. I suppose chopping as fast as I can will help me increase my speed.
  16. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    I have a set of victorinox knifes, I find the good enough for the task but I really need to buy a stone to sharpen them. The chefs at work are very good to me as they sharpen my knifes for me. However, I never considered practising at home before though. It seems like a very good idea. I just...
  17. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Cheers for the advice. :) Much appreciated!
  18. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    Hi Chefwriter! By techniques do you mean the way you hold the knife? As I previously mentioned. I was gripping the knife like a hammer. So I hadn't my index finger or thumb on the blade. I assume this is effecting my chopping. I do try and do this alright and I find it beneficial! But as I...
  19. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    I see what you're saying someday! But I just feel like I'm not much of a help. You know I was just looking at the other chefs today at work and for every job I done. They done about four or five. This, I do try to do. it's more the speed that I chop at is the major problem. I like this idea. I...
  20. Peter_Commis_Chef

    Need advice on increasing my speed.

    That's good advice. To be honest I viewed alot of YouTube videos as well before my trial at this current job. Now that you mention that, I think I'm gripping my knife too hard. After just checking there, yes. I am. :( I suppose alot of it is practice. Best of luck! Thanks for the reply.
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