Whilst your passion and flair are going to get you noticed in a kitchen, there are still a few basic skills that will stand you in good stead for any job interview and will come of use in any kitchen.
These things will save you time and might even be the core of a kitchen’s processes.
Here are the techniques you need to master in the kitchen, and soon…
Perfect Pasta Every Time
Learning how to make pasta perfectly every time will prove to be extremely handy – especially if your preferred cuisine or the place you work specialises in Italian food.
You’ll need to boil your water and salt it – it should taste ‘like an ocean’. It’s common practice in Italian cuisine to cook your pasta al dente – soft on the outside, but with a slight hardness and crunch in the middle.
Learning how to do this every time for different types of pasta will mean you know approximately how much time you can leave a pot boiling on the stove whilst you prepare other ingredients!
Learning how to cook your steaks, be they fillet, sirloin or rump, is something that can really make the difference to both your efficiency and your customer experience.
A lot of this is trial and error – over time, you’ll get used to the size and weight of your steaks and how long they’ll need to be cooked for depending on this.
It doesn’t ever hurt, however, to have a basic idea of how long each steak should take to cook, depending on the doneness required.
Poached, fried, scrambled, boiled – eggs are so versatile. They’re used in so many dishes, breakfast lunch and dinner, that it is crucial to learn how to cook each style of egg.
For poached, you’ll want to add vinegar to some boiling water, crack in the egg and simmer until done, whereas for fried, understanding how much oil, and the best way to flip your egg for over easy, medium or hard.
Many people believe that mastering cooking a roast chicken is a skill everybody should have behind them, not just professional chefs. If this is the case, there’s no excuse for you not to learn!
Perfecting your basting technique, whipping up the most delicious stuffing and knowing just how long to cook your meat for a golden finish is something that everybody should learn – without it, Sunday dinners would be no more!
Master Basic Knife Skills and Know your Chops
Knowing what knife to use for the best results on different ingredients will save you both time and mess. Continuing on from this, knowing the type of cut each ingredient might need means you can do this straight away – no questions asked.
Whether it’s slice, dice, Julienne or baton chop, knowing your techniques is sure to help you impress.
Mastering these few, but plentiful skills can really help improve your speed, efficiency and use in the kitchen. If you can couple some serious skills with flair and dedication to the culinary arts, you’re sure to succeed in any interview!
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