french and english terms

Joined Oct 23, 2002
i'm teaching english to french cooks and need help to translate terms such as 'send up' 'pick up' or 'faire marcher' and 'dresser'
Any ideas?
Joined Aug 29, 2000
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Joined Jun 19, 2001
Kimmie might have a field day with this, but I'll give it a whirl.

"send up", i'm assuming you mean to "send the food upstairs", I believe I would say "envoyer en haut" ---> phonetically it would be "an voy yeah en o"

"pick up", again since I'm not a chef I'm only guessing where you would use the term in your kitchen. Assumin that it's for "pick up orders only", I would say "pour emporter"

Kimmie would prolly help you the best, sorry can't be much help. :(
Joined Feb 4, 2001

My training was in a French oriented kitchen. We used the timeless commands as in a real large hotel kitchen with an Aboyer or Barker calling out the orders to the chefs. The system had three commands.
1. 'En Command' + the dish and the number of portions
which meant these items had been ordered by the waiter. This was to allow the chef time to order up/send for anything needed from the cold store/larder.
2. 'A Commencer' + ( as above )
which meant start the cooking process.
3. 'Envoyer' + (as above)
easy... send it up.

The chef ( de partie) was expected to listen out for the orders that were meant for him and to carry it all in his head. He was also expected to acknowledge the order each time with 'Oui, Chef!'
The Aboyer was a senior, experienced member of the kitchen and was expected to know how long each dish took to prepare so he could arrange to get the entire order to the hotplate at the same time. No mean feat. And woe betide you if you got behind.

Very fast and very noisy. Don't know if it is still like it now.

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