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    resort banquet pastry production... pros and cons?

    I have an interview with a local resort in Scottsdale, Arizona for a banquet pastry production position. Can anyone tell me the pros and cons of working 1) at a resort 2) banquet pastry? thanks!
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    Menu Development Contract- Salary and more

    Hello! I have not yet been offered the job, but I am talking to an owner of a new Edible Cookie Dough concept opening in my home town. They are looking for a someone to develop their entire menu for dough that can be both baked and raw, with some vegan and gluten free options. This menu will be...
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    Pork Belly- valentines day menu

    I run a seafood concept and I have a few pork bellies in the freezer, im looking to do something with them for valentines day. I had a chocolate/espresso/chile dry rub that i was thinking about usuing, and pairing with scallops and ___? But in looking for tips or a recipe for cured/braised pork...
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    Chef salary vs hourly

    So a little bit about my situation... Im 22, female, and I was the sous chef at a new concept before we opened, 100% involved in all menu planning, kitchen organization/design and hiring. The exec chef left 3 weeks before opening day and the owners asked me to step up and be exec. It was my...
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    Chef Schedule

    Hello! ​So I recently received my first chef position and the restaurant is set to open next week.  We have been running on strange schedules because the opening is so hectic.  I am trying to figure out everyones set schedules, specifically mine and my sous chef.  How does the schedule typically...
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    Best beer for Fish & Chips

    I am working on a fish and chips recipe and I am looking for some beers to try.  I am currently using a mandarin beer but I received some pretty wide spread opinions. 
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    Executive Chef tips & organization

    Does anyone have any adive for a new, first time executive chef? The restaurant js still not open and i am finalizing the menu. Im looking for advice as far as organization with paperwork and smallwares in a small kitchen... Also just any adivce would be great!
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    21 year old executive chef

    So a lot has happened in the last few months. I was hired on as a sous chef and my executive chef has since quit, and the owners have since asked me to fill in a run the kitchen. The restaurant has not yet opened and I finished the menu and did all documentation by myself. We have hired a...
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    My Exec chef is M.I.A., what should I do?

    Two months ago I took an offer to be a sous chef at a new seafood concept. The restaurant has still not opened. I was working one-on-one with the exec. Chef in our test kitchen and I have been involved in every aspect of creating the menu. I personally made about 30-40% of the menu items and...
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    Restaurant desserts: yeast doughnut

    Hello! Im working on a doughnut recipe for a new restaurant. I am very happy with my recipe, however the dough does not sit well during service. The recipe generally goes as follows: mix yeast, milk, and flour (starter) sit for 30 minutes. Combine other ingredients, sit for 30 minutes. Punch...
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    Doughnut dispense recipe

    Does anyone have a good recipe to use for a doughnut batter dispenser (fried)?
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    Shelf life: fish brine

    Hey! I'm wondering how long I can keep my fish brine for before the flavors begin to deteriorate.  The brine is a usual combination of water, salt, brown sugar, spices. After brining the fish for 1 hour I will remove it. But can I use this brine a few times over and how long will it be good...
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    Spinach and artichoke oysters

    Hello! I just recently started a new sous chef job on Monday, and my first official responsibility is to come up with a "spinach and artichoke fried oyster". The chef gave me some general guild lines to help and said that they would like to serve it on a artichoke heart and they would like a...
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    AM vs PM sous chef

    Are there different qualifications or responsibilities for an AM or PM sous chef? Does one usually carry more challenges than the other? What would you assume the typical daily schedule (arrival time and going home) be for a restaurant that is open 11-10pm? Im currently the only sous chef...
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    How to ask for days off at a new job

    So I landed a new sous chef position yesterday and I waiting to hear back on the full benefits package and salary, although Chef already told me the range HR is working with! During my interview, they asked me if i had any upcoming vacations, which I replied no. The problem is, I completely...
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    Carbon-Steel knife care

    I recently purchased my first carbon steel knife and I have a few questions about it. What is the best way to maintain the blade? I assume not, but should I use a honing steel on the blade like I would with my Mercer stainless steel blade? Also, what is everyone's opinion on a patina? I was...
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    Chile Rellenos fusion

    Thought up the idea but can't come to a full conclusion... What could you stuff chile Rellenos with besides cheese? I was thinking a mediterranean/middle eastern fusion. Seafood? Vegetarian? ...Could be drizzled with a cumin yogurt sauce to finish? I've just been stuck on the thought and...
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    What does it mean to be a corporate chef?

    Some of you know more of this situation than others because of my previous posts, but i will start from the beginning to bring you all up to speed. I was working at restaurant "X", this restaurant has 20 locations of concept X. This same corporation is working on opening a new concept that we...
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    Pork Shoulder cooking time

    Tonight I am making BBQ pork steam buns. The recipe calls for 1 1/2 inch thick pork shoulder, oven at 350 degrees F. 30 minutes, flip, cook 20-30 minutes more. Then broiler for 8-10 minutes until crispy. The pork shoulder that I received from the store is bone-in, does this cooking time seem to...
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    What tool can you not do without?

    Just accepted my first sous position and im looking to build my "tool box" Also, anyoneknownof a good sushi knife or oyster knife?
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