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By Lighterofstages (Lighterofstages) on Sunday, April 11, 2004 - 03:18 pm: Edit

Hello, my name is Samantha. I am a 16 year old high school student. I have a school project due tomorrow which requires me to do nterviews with chefs. Please, if there is any possible way i can send the following questions to any chef... doesn't matter who or where... and have them answer them... it would be most helpful. Thank you. Here are the questions: Please state your name and if you cook somewhere, that would be great if you said the restuarant name. Or if not, just please leave your name.

(1) How old were you when you decided that you wanted to be a chef?
(2) Did you cook a lot when you were growing up? If so, who did you cook for?
(3) What was your first cooking job?
(4) In high school, were you good at Math?
(5) Has math helped you out at all with cooking?
(6) How much math do you think is required in order to become a chef?
(7) What is your favorite thing to cook?
(8) What is your favorite thing to eat?
(9) Do you ever regre becoming a chef? IF you weren't a chef, what do you think you would be?
(10) Do you have any advice or recommendations for students who are interested in pursuing a career in cooking?

By Grwall (Grwall) on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 02:47 pm: Edit

Waited 'till the last minute did you? I'd suggest calling a few chefs (not during busy times like lunch) to see if you can drop in and see them. Probably too late now.

1) Anyhow. I was 17 when I decided to cook professionally. Becoming a chef came later, with experience.

2) I did cook a fair bit growing up, mostly for my family. Later for my girlfriends.

3) My first cooks job grew out of a job I had as a dishwasher. I did breakfasts in a small hotel.

4) My math was good. My first foray into post-secondary education was engineering. My math was good but physics not so much.

5) As a cook, perhaps a little with recipe conversions and so on. As a chef, it was critical for cost control.

6) I teach trade calculations to professional cooking students. Biased as I am, again, I'd say it's critical. That said, mostly percentage calculations are about as complicated as it gets.

7) Favorite thing to cook? Depends on my mood. I really like making soups though.

8) Meat. Pasta. mmmmmm

9) I used to get pretty tired of being on call 24/7. Nope, never really got tired of being a chef. Now I'm an educator. Love that.

10) Spend some time working. At least a year so you have an idea of what your in for. Tough work but rewarding if that's what works for you.

Too little, too late but good luck Samantha.

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