Are there any Chefs here, or has anyone been to cooking school?

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  1. iamwhatiseem
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    Just sayin, you don't need to go to cooking school to become an outstanding chef.
    Consider, Bobby Flay... a very successful chef/restaurateur and iron chef winner has been beat multiple times by home cooks.
    I find experienced home cooks out perform restaurant food hands down.
    I sure do. It isn't even close. The food I make is only beat by the best of restaurants.
     
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    If you enjoy cooking and the challenge it represents you cant help but be good at it.
    The Wife has a friend who decided she wanted to learn how to cook,she's terrible at it by the way,her problem is she has a preconceived notion on what she likes and will change the recipe based on her supposed taste.
    Of course this usually fails.
    She wanted to learn how to make a perfect steak so we bought her a Thermoworks thermometer and instructions on how to reverse sear a steak. She doesnt like rare or medium steaks so she over cooked it and couldnt figure out why it was tough and tasteless.
     
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    Haha... reminds me of my mother. She has asked me many times over the years how do I make a chicken breast so juicy, how is my pork chops so tender etc. etc.
    First and foremost you have to love cooking. There is a HUGE difference in a meal when cooked by someone who cooked out of love vs. cooked out of necessity... just need to feed the family.
    I make chicken pot pie occasionally, and have been asked a number of times over the years how do i make it this good. I tell them, then the first thing they say "I don't have time to do that...I don't have time to get fresh ingredients etc. ... you know... how many hours a day to you watch television again?
    Cooking well is not that hard, but like anything else you want to do well... you have to want to do it.
     
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    I love getting in over my head!!!
    I spent days gathering my ingredients and cookware for a Demi Glace recipe. From beef and lamb bones for the marrow to the size pot needed with a pour spout on the bottom.
    I got the the recipe from "The Saucier's Apprentice" after gathering all the ingredients and cookware it took almost another four days to make it.
    Man was I nervous when it came to tasting after all that work!!

    Turned out fantastic!!!
    Froze a bunch of it into cubes then vac packed them into usable portions.
     
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    My best friend little brother wen to c.i.a upstate ny ...on of the best culinary schools on the planet does that count?...derp
    Go for it ...I'm sure yoU can probably find some local courses near you .

    Isnt it great to be able to do whatever ya want just for the sheer enjoyment of it .
    I'm going back to work at a greenhouse nursery in the spring ....cause I wanna ...I seem to have a natural green thumb always have ...doing it for some learnins and cause I enjoy it...
     
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    No one who takes the time to read the intro to the sections and follows directions can fail. The book that taught me to cook half way decently.
     
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    Yes I do.
    I had to learn how to cook high protein meats and what spices were good to go with each type of meat.

    I took this cooking course three years ago at;
    Online Courses & Lectures for Home Study and Lifelong Learning
    It's worth it and it's on sale right now.
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    The Everyday Gourmet: Rediscovering the Lost Art of Cooking
     
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    I still will run to it on occasion 30 something years later.
     
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