Tag Archive: kitchen

Spice up your cooking with a hint of innovation!

Cooking can get really boring if you look at it as a mundane chore. Yet most of us cannot do without it. There is some good news though. There are hordes of innovative ways to spice up this task.  For people pressed for time and cannot afford to spend hours in the kitchen, let us try our hand with a few quick fix strategies to pep it up.

 Do some homework, set a menu! And plan your week ahead

Decide on what type of novel recipes you would like to explore in the week – a side dish, or a salad or any dessert! It could be an absolutely new variety of salads you have never tried before or an interesting global cuisine that you came across on a food show or a variety of soup recipes you found on the internet that claim to go easy on your tummies and give your dinners a healthy boost. Just make sure they are absolutely new on your menu. Make a day –wise planner for the entire week. Pick up those recipes that that do not mess up your calorie conscious diet regimes and take less time to prepare.  This is to ensure you come back to such fun activities in future.

Stick up the recipes of your choice on your kitchen’s cabinetry or fridge!

This way you have the ready reckoner available and you know what you plan to cook. It

Today's menu

Today’s menu

should also help you shop accordingly. Shop for all the ingredients you need in advance so that you don’t foil this fun assignment half way through.

Get the soup boiling and record the fun experience!

Take a quick look at your note every morning when you enter the kitchen. Look forward to that day’s menu and the episode of fun that comes along.  Start cooking and get the fun trip rolling. Take some random pictures all the way long right from when you start shopping till you lay them down on the table. It’s a beautiful experience when you look back once the activity is over. If it enthused you more than your expectations, get people to write some comments on the pictures and stick them up on your cabinetry of refrigerator for a few days. You can even post them on your blog too.

Try doing this activity once in a while. Makes one and all happy!

Culinary Masters – Cooking is my job

Soups, sauces, chutneys, starters, noodles, confectionery; this is how their course curriculum looks like. Yes, this article is going to introduce you to a rarely chosen college course. Chefs are the final product of these schools. Culinary skills are honed during this stint. Your office and work station is a kitchen.

Cooking could be opted as a casual vocation or a full-time occupation. Some training and structure would help the aspiring chef or cook to know their profession better. For those who think that this course is all about making new recipes and tasting food, may have to add some more subjects into their study hour.

Curriculum of a culinary course

If you are choosing a bachelor’s course, it lasts for 3 years. There are post-graduate courses also available with specializations like international cooking, bakery and confectionery, restaurant management, bread and pastry, oriental cusine, mediterranean cusine and so on. Below is a brief outline of a culinary course curriculum:

First Year

  • Orientation – Fundamentals of Food Production
  • Safety and Sanitation
  • Product Identification
  • Food & Beverage Service
  • Basics of Hospitality
  • French culinary
  • Basics of communication in English
  • Basics of Kitchen training
  • Basics of computer application

Second Year

  • Principles of Baking and Pastry making
  • Food & Beverage Matching-I
  • Nutrition & Food Science
  • Principles of Management & Organizational Behaviour
  • Basic Accountancy
  • Principles of Gastronomy
  • Regional bulk cooking
  • Contemporary Cakes
  • Desserts and Breads
  • Food and Beverage matching
  • Training and project presentation

Third Year

  • Culinary Art & Concepts
  • European Confectionery
  • Food & Beverage Matching – II
  • Labour Legislation & Hotel Law
  • International Baking
  • Materials Management
  • Sales & Marketing Management
  • Cuisine Facility Planning & Design
  • Advanced Edible Sculpture & Culinary Arts
  • International Visual Confectionery
  • Bread Art, Oriental & Far eastern Cuisine.

The curriculum listed above blends into both theoretical and practical classes. This course remains as formal as  any other known professional course. It includes project work and internship.

Where do we get placed?

For a not so popularly opted course, the next obvious question would be “what is my job?”. How do I earn a living after this course. After finishing this course students get placed in restaurants, hotels, catering service houses, food technology firms. Apart from these jobs, one may choose to be self employed, by being a food taster/tester, food critic (more to do with writing), independent chef, specialized chef, start your own bakery or restaurant or be a teacher for other aspirants.

In India chefs start with an initial pay pack of Rs. 1.5 lakhs p.a and grow depending on their specialization Rs. 12 lakhs p.a.

Current trends

Sanjeev Kapoor, Tarla Dalal, Anjum Anand, Vikas Khanna and Hari Nayak are some of the known veterans in this field. With a lot specialization and technological improvements, satellite tv shows have carved some time to host cooking shows and competitions to draw a common man’s attention.

Some useful links: