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