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5 Alternative Careers in Food for Chefs After Culinary School

Posted on January 22, 2020

What’s Next? So you graduated from culinary school. Now what? Working in a kitchen may seem like the logical next step for a culinary arts graduate, but restaurant life is competitive and grueling. Unfortunately, while many hope to become a celebrity chef personality after culinary school, the odds of becoming the next Emeril or Cat Cora are incredibly low. Starting out at the bottom isn’t eas...
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What is Orange Wine? Secrets of Skin Contact Maceration

Posted on January 15, 2020

The Skeleton Wine Key: Helping You Unlock the Secrets of the Bottle By: OCI Instructor Raul Gonzalez If, when you go out in search of a beverage, you drift towards the wine list and, you may have noticed recently in probably more than one place, something new in those wine lists. There is always red, white, sparkling, dessert, but wait, does this say skin contact??? Did I see Orange wine? What i...
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Culinary Career Tips: How to Become an Executive Chef

Posted on January 07, 2020

The transition from culinary arts student or commis chef to head chef can be long and challenging, requiring quite a bit of experience, time, and hard work. If you’re driven and genuinely interested in taking on the monumental task of climbing the culinary leadership ladder, it’s definitely possible. Here’s a breakdown of what it’s like to be an executive chef and how you can reach your goal. ...
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10 Things to Know Before Starting a Food Truck Business

Posted on December 30, 2019

Opening a food truck business can be a great way to realize your dreams of owning a restaurant or being an executive chef. There’s a huge market for new food trucks across America’s largest cities, which means there’s quite a bit of opportunity. Since you can make whatever you want and serve any cuisine, running a food truck can be extremely rewarding. Find a niche in the local food scene and r...
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Cooking Stations: 5 Tips for Becoming a Well-Rounded Chef

Posted on December 17, 2019

For some professional chefs, cooking has been a passion that they’ve enjoyed since they were children. But for others, the joy of cooking is something that was discovered later in life. Whatever the case, it’s never too late to find ways to improve your skills in the kitchen and better yourself to become a respected and well-rounded chef. A head chef is the leader in the kitchen and is expected...
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