>The diffrence between a Chef and a Cook

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The terms cook and chef are used so often interchangeably that their demarcating line has become somewhat blurred. But technically speaking, a chef is someone who necessarily obtains a professional degree and prepares food in a professional setting. A cook, on the other hand, may not be professionally trained and may or may not be working in a professional setting.

A cook can be a member of a household staff who prepares food and manages the kitchen staff. Often, big households employ a cook-housekeeper. A chef, on the other hand, is likely to be heading a team of cooks in a restaurant or hotel. A cook is considered an inferior title than that of a chef. Domestic staff in modern households are generally expected to be good cooks also. They may do all kinds of other household duties apart from cooking for the members of the family they work for.

A chef, on the other hand, even if employed in a large household, normally would stick to cooking alone. A chef is also more of a technical title and is further listed according to specializations like in any other profession. Therefore, you can have a Chef de Cuisine who is in charge of the functioning of the kitchen and its functioning. He may or may not cook but simply manage the team in the kitchen. Sous Chef who is in charge specifically of the cooking and supervision of the staff. Both these titles define mainly supervision-related duties. Chef de Partie are the people who specifically get down to the nuts and bolts of cooking. Among cooks who work as junior staff in a hotel or restaurant kitchen, the classifications can be as follows: A Sauté cook takes care of all sautéed dishes and sauces and cooks fish if there is no specialist fish cook around. A Roast Cook is responsible for broiling, grilling and baking while a Vegetable cook, as the name suggests, takes care of soups and vegetable dishes

Are you wondering why do you care? Because when your taking about your food or party you want to make sure the person in the other room knows what there doing, If not it could be a recipie for disaster!
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About contessacatering

I went to The Art Institute of Seattle where I graduated with a full food science degree in Baking and pastry and culinary. After that working at several upscale resorts such as the Royal Hawaiian, in Oahu, The Kapalua Bay hotel in Maui and the Ritz Carlton, The Alexis and Monaco in Seattle. Then landing in Phoenix. In all of these resorts I worked side by side with some of the best chefs in the country. Making cakes for people such as Robert Mondovi’s 90th birthday. Learning how luxury and customer service can make any company successful, especially when it comes to cake and food. Cake Contessa is now the premier dessert delivery service in Arizona, we deliver cakes, cupcakes and desserts for all occasions using the highest quality ingredients. And we cater upscale events and weddings!
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