In the commercial kitchens of the world, you will find The Chefs Table in the kitchen, a little to one side out of the way of any direct traffic. It is the area when the chef will meet with his staff during the day for meal planning, to review the days production and to share a meal or light snack.
During my career I was fortunate to have a job that sent me all over the country to help with opening of restaurants, and special kitchens. It was at the Chefs Kitchen Table where I would get to exchange recipes and cooking ideas, and sample whole foods from around the world. It was an honor to be able to work side by side with these well known chefs.
In my kitchen, I always used the chefs kitchen table to test the cooking skills of my line cooks and pantry cooks. Each day I would assign one of them to prepare a meal or light snack for us. When the food was ready, the staff would sit down together and enjoy what was prepared. During that time we would review our working schedule, where we were in the days assignments and any problems that anyone could use help with.
Because a chef often starts work at around 6 a.m. and can still be in the kitchen as late as 10 or 10:30 p.m. having one place where your staff can sit and relax for a few minutes is important. I usually had two crews. One would start at about 6 a.m. and do most of the prep work for the rest of the day, The other shift would start about 2 p.m. and work the dinner rush and any parties we were hosting.
Now we are sharing the Chefs Kitchen Table here on Your Whole Foods Chef. This is a place where we can exchange ideas via the comment area. I hope that you will reply to our articles and enjoy the time around the table.
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