Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Four Kitchens - Lauren Shockey

Four Kitchens - Lauren Stockey (2011)

Lauren Stockey is in her early twenties, and she has trained the Culinary Institute in New York.  Not sure of what to do next, she spends a year traveling between four restuarants in New York, Hanoi, Tel Aviv and Paris where she gains experience in four different style kitchens. 

If you ever thought you wanted to be a chef, it is worth taking a read, as it shows the not so glamorous life of starting at the bottom in a kitchen.  Six hours taking the meat out of crabs, chopping chives and onions is how you do it.  There is no cooking master chef style meals in a big kitchen, unless you are the boss.  Sixteen hour days and unsociable hours are the norm.

I think with Master chef, all the cooking programmes and celebrity chefs we are given such a glamour side to being a chef, but the reality of cooking is far from pretty.  I was shocked at the New York salaries, and wondered how you would survive in such a city.  Best you just play Master Chef at home.  3/5

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