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I am a Chef de Cuisine... in my own kitchen anyway 
May 31, 2012 2:03 pm 
Updated: May 31, 2012 8:58 pm
My husband and I work well with each other in every situation... except the kitchen. I see myself as the Chef de Cuisine (Executive Chef and Head Chef) in my kitchen. My husband sees himself as the Sous-Chef (second in command and direct assistant of the Chef). Although he is nice letting me take charge of my kitchen, he believes he has to sneak around helping me with my master piece. Yes, I did just say sneak around.
If you look up the definition of a Sous-Chef you will read:

"The Sous-Chef de Cuisine (under-chef of the kitchen) is the second in command and direct assistant of the Chef. This person may be responsible for scheduling and substituting when the Chef is off-duty and will also fill in for or assist the Chef de Partie (line cook) when needed. This person is responsible for inventory, cleanliness of the kitchen, organization and constant training of all employees. The "Sous-Chef" is responsible for taking commands from the Chef and following through with them. The "Sous-Chef" is responsible for line checks and rotation of all product. Smaller operations may not have a sous-chef, while larger operations may have several." -Wikipedia

I love that he wants to help in my kitchen but he needs to know that I am not off-duty when I let a meal simmer for 30 min or longer and I go sit down. That's when he starts sneaking in extra seasonings and making dinner taste funny. lol. He also asks me all the time, is that going to burn? Are you sure that is at the right temperature? Do you have a timer going? Yet all the while I have never burned anything and he brags about my cooking so much that sometimes I'll even feed his co-workers.

I just love and adore this man in my kitchen WHEN he does follow the definition of a Sous-Chef in cleanliness of the kitchen. He does help me frequently in keeping the kitchen clean but usually doesn't leave it spotless (I think it is cute and sweet so that is noooo complaint from me!). I am proud to have my Sous-Chef helping me in the kitchen but how can I make him learn that I don't transition from Head Chef to Kitchen Assistant through out the cooking process? I love my man but I don't understand the way this man thinks by adding seasonings to a dish that has already been seasoned. One thing I do know is my food is awesome when not left unattended. lol

On a lighter note, I am trying to question my creative process this month as AllRecipes has given us a lot less cooking assignments to enjoy the holidays this month. I seem to be working with Recipes more than I have creating my own lately. Because of this, I am trying to branch out of my norm and create a new dish that is worthy of being published on AllRecipes.com.

My father and Mother are Master BBQ Judges for the Kansas City Barbeque Society and were assistant judges at the Jack Daniels BBQ Contest last year. My brother has a mini-brewery he is working on main streaming called Green Wall Breweries not to mention he is always trying to beat my dad in BBQ recipes and one-up him with a new flavor of Cheesecake to finish the meal off. With that said, my family is very creative in the food world and seeing as I am the youngest I hope to accomplish as much as they dream for if not more one day so its time I get creative. What is my specialty? Has it been right there in front of my eyes this whole time or is it something I need to discover?

Stay tuned for more...


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May 31, 2012 7:24 pm
I am the "master of my domain" in the kitchen, as my wife tells me every time she eats. I don't have a Sous-Chef. She just lets me create things.
May 31, 2012 8:58 pm
My Sous-Chef is my avatar (grand daughter) and I allow her to tweak recipes to her liking. However when DW is cooking I'm gone except for helping with clean up.
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