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  • #16
    Originally posted by KV8R View Post
    I'm actually very new to cooking, just started last year, but I'm finding out that i really enjoy it. I hope to get really good at it. I really enjoy experimenting with a new recipe that's outta my league, and actually pulling it off.
    Me too! My I've made my own home made curry that came out really well, actually ever since I turned primal I started to get really into my cooking. Basically I make everything from scratch.

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    • #17
      Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
      I grew up in Monterey. As a former chef ( I cooked professionally for close to 20 yrs) I would advise you not to waste your money on culinary school. Just go get a job in restaurant; prep, dishwasher anything but waiting tables, then you can see if you like it. If you get a good chef you will learn a lot and get a little paycheck rather than get in debt. If you are enthusiastic and a hard worker any chef will try you out.
      Thanks that's really good advice! I've been trying to get a job in a restaurant for a long time now. I've always had to settle for pizza kitchens. I've only bee recently thinking of culinary school because I'm going to be in Japan next year and would really enjoy learning to make authentic Japanese cooking.

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Kylex286 View Post
        Thanks that's really good advice! I've been trying to get a job in a restaurant for a long time now. I've always had to settle for pizza kitchens. I've only bee recently thinking of culinary school because I'm going to be in Japan next year and would really enjoy learning to make authentic Japanese cooking.
        Taking a class in particular cuisine would probably be worth it, you could learn a lot and it wouldn't be that expensive. I usually don't recommend culinary school because it's so expensive and restaurant jobs tend not to pay much. I know when I was a chef I wouldn't necessarily hire some one with a culinary degree, in fact they often had unrealistic expectations. I looked for hard workers who were willing to learn.
        Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
          Taking a class in particular cuisine would probably be worth it, you could learn a lot and it wouldn't be that expensive. I usually don't recommend culinary school because it's so expensive and restaurant jobs tend not to pay much. I know when I was a chef I wouldn't necessarily hire some one with a culinary degree, in fact they often had unrealistic expectations. I looked for hard workers who were willing to learn.
          Thanks! your advice is very encouraging!

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          • #20
            I'm a chef, and do you know what quality I look for when i hire cooks? A simple and honest love for food. Everything else falls into place when that's there.
            Here to eat and move like a caveman, not look or stink like one

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            • #21
              What is the difference to a woman between a guy that can grill/bake/saute meats, bake potatoes, saute vegetables, poach whole meals and a guy that makes like gravy/wine sauced pot roast, fancy mashed sweet potato and bla bla bla and kale dishes, etc? Is the former still considered respectable?

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              • #22
                wilton!!

                a man who can cook is a man who can cook!
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                • #23
                  My husband does nothing fancy, but I"m happy with what he does.

                  Those sorts of fancy dishes ar epossible for him, given the time and recipes. But he's more of a simple-food sort, and it's also quick and easy. He's busy.

                  He's my "housewife and stay at home mom who works part time as well and has his own hobby too." So, he's busy -- like most women. I jsut work the business and then do some light cleaning and a modest amount of child care. Seriously, it's modest these days.

                  The fact that he cooks ALL of our meals is my great gratitude. Is he cooking fancy meals? No. Tonight is steak, brussels sprouts, and some roasted pumpkin. All have beautiful seasonings and taste great. It's simple, straight forward, and everything done in 30 minutes fare.

                  I'm pleased as punch just to eat.

                  Trust me, any cooking from a man (or a woman) is a great gratitude for me.

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                  • #24
                    Originally posted by wiltondeportes View Post
                    What is the difference to a woman between a guy that can grill/bake/saute meats, bake potatoes, saute vegetables, poach whole meals and a guy that makes like gravy/wine sauced pot roast, fancy mashed sweet potato and bla bla bla and kale dishes, etc? Is the former still considered respectable?
                    Should it not be? I'm not quiet sure if your asking a hypothetical question but I'll answer it anyways; from what I've notice, save some pig headed members of the male species like the sales man that visited my house yesterday, it doesn't matter to women if the guy can only make mac and cheese or if he's the best cook in the world; having a meal cooked for them is a respectable act, thus to answer your question, neither is more respectable than the other.

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                    • #25
                      Having someone in my life who cooked meal every night would just be awesome. Be they man or woman I would love them for that! And simple food is fine.

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                        wilton!!

                        a man who can cook is a man who can cook!
                        Seriously. Cook whatever. Even if it's not fancy, it's still like a billion sexy points.
                        F/28/5'10"
                        GW: No clue since I have never been thin. I'm "big boned" frame-wise so I'm shooting for 170-ish, but I'll see when I get there, I guess.
                        CW: 268
                        SW: 316

                        As of 7/17/12 Down 48 pounds!

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                        • #27
                          I married an Italian, so there's that (so glad he and I eat the same way now - he used to make the most amazing garlic bread), but most of my male friends can cook something decent. It's kind of silly that it's assumed men can't/shouldn't cook - to me, being able to cook food for yourself is part of being an adult.

                          Did you go to CSUMB for Japanese in Monterey? (If yes, *high-five* I did too!)
                          Gamer. Powerlifter. Trekkie. Yogi.

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                          • #28
                            Originally posted by Mogs View Post
                            I married an Italian, so there's that (so glad he and I eat the same way now - he used to make the most amazing garlic bread), but most of my male friends can cook something decent. It's kind of silly that it's assumed men can't/shouldn't cook - to me, being able to cook food for yourself is part of being an adult.

                            Did you go to CSUMB for Japanese in Monterey? (If yes, *high-five* I did too!)
                            I agree with your first part. My thought is: If a guy can't cook he is destine to fail in life.

                            Yeah, I am in the Japanese department at csumb. I absolutely love it. The teachers are great!

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                            • #29
                              Originally posted by Saoirse View Post
                              wilton!!

                              a man who can cook is a man who can cook!
                              Golly, I didn't know. Maybe food porn has made me feel inferior.

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                              • #30
                                Originally posted by Kylex286 View Post
                                I agree with your first part. My thought is: If a guy can't cook he is destine to fail in life.

                                Yeah, I am in the Japanese department at csumb. I absolutely love it. The teachers are great!
                                I will agree that there is definitely a line to be drawn when it comes to pricey cookware, though. Having a nice set of pots and pans is one thing, but shelling out major $$ for something that, in the end, can't make up for a good cook behind the wheel, isn't very practical.

                                It almost seems strange for me to think it's something special when my husband cooks dinner; it's so common.

                                The Japanese faculty at CSUMB are fantastic - so passionate about their jobs!
                                Gamer. Powerlifter. Trekkie. Yogi.

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