When working as a private chef, you are expected to know how to do some things you may never have done before or to use techniques you may have not used in years. No doubt that you trained in culinary school, that you have loads of experience, and that you are a true professional. But that doesn’t make you an expert in everything you ever learned!
It’s quite possible you were working in a place that rarely, or never, expected you to tie a roast or bake a soufflé. In my own career, I’ve only had to make a soufflé once, maybe twice. My attempts may have turned out pretty nicely, but there’s no way I would put soufflés on my menu unless I was damn certain I could get them done right!
Fortunately, these days, we chefs are blessed with a ton of resources right at our fingertips. Whether I need to relearn a technique I haven’t touched in years or if I’m looking for new ideas, I have two favorite go-to websites.
My number one go-to cooking technique website is Chef John M’s Food Wishes which contains over 650 instructional videos by Chef John himself! Chef John is an amazing instructor who left the culinary school kitchen to teach and reach more students in the virtual classroom. Since he is also a featured presenter on Allrecipes.com, this site is my second top go-to for techniques and ideas.
Today’s culinary students have it made with this guy. Chef John’s videos are like Cliff Notes for chefs! His instructions are totally amazing, not only because he makes his recipes so easy to reproduce, but because you can watch all the steps in less than ten minutes and get your food out like the pro that you are! Many of his techniques have become my own.
So, if you’re ever in a bind and don’t know what to do, visit Chef John at Food Wishes. He’ll help you bang it out as soon as you get to the job. I know I could not have had the success that I’ve had if it wasn’t for this very talented and generous guy!
Oh, and if you need to bake a soufflé YESTERDAY, here you go!