Do you like spicy, spicy, spicy cuisine? May your taste buds ignite for new flavors? Our special file on spicy cuisine will inspire you to prepare delicious exotic dishes at home. Discover the spices and peppers of the world: wasabi, paprika, fresh chili, Asian chili pasta of all colors, Indian masala, tandoori mixture, etc. Surprise your guests – and take them on a trip! – With our delicious and original recipes: Thai or Indian curry, grilled meats, tapas, spicy sauces to share. There is something for everyone! Since childhood, have you imagined yourself working in the kitchen? More specifically as a chef? A true chef in the kitchen, becoming a chef cannot be improvised! Passion, good training, certain qualities. Discover the essentials to become a chef!
What profession is hidden behind the title “Spicy Cuisine”?
Before choosing to become a chef, you should be aware of the versatility of the missions that will be asked of him. First of all, the chef is an excellent cook! Indeed, he must make new culinary creations, master perfectly the cooking techniques and know all the particularities of the ingredients used in cooking. He is also the master of the kitchen in which he works. This is why the chef must supervise his brigade, ensure the quality of the dishes, and enforce hygiene standards. Finally, he also has the cap of “kitchen manager” by participating in the purchase of raw materials, the management of the budget allocated to food and the management of the stock of goods. Suffice to say that the chef has a very important role in the operation and reputation of a restaurant!
What training to choose to become a chef?
In order to become a chef, it is important to undergo training in order to obtain the CAP Cuisine. This is the minimum qualification to have, to enter a kitchen, as a professional. Access to the position of chef is only rarely accessible to young graduates. You must first start in the world of catering as a cook. The evolution towards the position of chef can only be done on the experience of the cook, acquired in the field of cooking, after a few years (10 years on average).
The qualities required to become a chef
The profession of chef is one of those called “passion profession”. The first quality to have is therefore the love of cooking! He must also be very creative, in the creation of new recipes, the use of new ingredients and innovation in the presentation of his dishes (and yes, today the visual plays a lot). The chef must be a true leader at heart! Indeed, its brigade can reach up to 20 people, it is therefore essential to have a certain authority in order to lead its team, to organize the work of each one and to train the young cooks. Working in the kitchen requires some resistance to stress and excellent physical condition (for the famous “shot”), and the chef is no exception to this rule.
Where does the chef work?
The chef can work in different types of establishments: traditional restaurants, hotels, restaurant chains, etc. Many of them then create and work their own establishment. You might decide to become a chef because you enjoy cooking and like to experiment in the kitchen. While it’s a demanding career, it can also be very satisfying if it’s something you love. Start building the cooking skills you need to become a chef by practicing at home, getting a restaurant job, and getting feedback from others. Then, pursue training to be a chef, either at school or under the guidance of a mentor. Finally, get a job at a restaurant and work your way up to the role of chef. Experiment with food to create your own recipes. Part of the fun of being a chef is making your own special dishes. Once you’re familiar with common ingredients, start playing around with recipes to make them your own. Take risks so you can create something totally new.
Cook for other people to get feedback on your meals. While it’s scary to open yourself up to criticism, feedback can help you grow as a chef. Make food for people as often as you can, then ask them what they liked or didn’t like about your dishes. Incorporate the feedback that makes sense to you. Watch other chefs to learn their techniques. You can learn a lot from watching others. Watch cooking shows and online tutorials to see how other chefs work. Additionally, observe chefs or chefs-in-training who you know. Try to learn from the way they work.