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  1. David Cardew
    June 27, 2015

    Cooks follow the recipes, chefs pride themselves in cooking without a recipe.
    So you can be a qualified cook but not a qualified chef.

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    • Tracy
      April 3, 2018

      I disagree. I’m a semi-qualified cook and can cook most of what I do without a cookbook. I go by taste, textures, smells and just what looks good together. I’m a cook rather than a chef because, certainly in my current position, I don’t present nouveau cuisine, a la carte or even cordon bleu. I like the idea of the title chef but I don’t think it fitting for the basic cooking that is required of me in my place of work.

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      • Tina
        September 25, 2018

        I agreed with u

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      • nunya
        December 5, 2018

        I’ve been working at a hotel and then the primary cooking person 4 a 80 room hotel in a very small kitchen I’ve been working for 10 years at this job my training has all been on the job training but yet I don’t develop any recipes I don’t create any dishes other than what the corporate chef has decided the menu is… so even though I have 10 years experience at cooking and can probably cook whatever I want I am not a chef I am a cook due to title where I work via training 10 years OJT is probably enough to equal a very small amount of professional training when it comes to schooling for cooking so outside of the hotel I could be considered a chef for the amount of technical training I’ve had

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      • Prettyhappychef
        December 22, 2019

        Thank you for explaining this.

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    • Yvonne
      February 21, 2019

      So you’re saying anyone who cooks without a recipe is a chef. That explains all the “home cooks” that show up on cooking shows and cook without recipes. They would then be chefs and not cooks.
      People who cook at home don’t always follow recipes but rather follow their instincts and knowledge of what they like. That would make them chefs.
      The only difference between a chef and a cook is the pay grade.

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      • Prettyhappychef
        December 22, 2019

        Thats false. First of all home cooks that show up on T.V. shows also have an entire team working with them. This team includes a prep team that prepares these said contestants for challenges. I appreciate the hell out of home cooks, but they are not Chefs

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  2. Phillip Harris
    February 1, 2019

    I’ve been a cook for the last 20 years at small restaurants, road houses, and recently large well known Australian hotels. Even though I have a large amount of experience over such a long duration of time, there is NO way I can call myself a Chef or even to a level of a Chef. After spending time working at the hotels under the all levels of Chefs, I cannot truthfully say I encompass the same level of experience or knowledge. Even so, I am now happy to remain a Cook and continue to learn from the Chefs around me who all are aware of my significant experience and now specifically choose me to prepare dishes and many times we also bounce ideas of each other to ensure at the end of the day the kitchen produces the highest quality meals for the customers.
    Cheers to all those Chefs who pass on their experiences to make us Cooks the best we can be without us having the same level of training and.Experience! Thanks.

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  3. Montecristo
    October 6, 2019

    A cook is one who can make great meals with known recipes.
    And a Chef is one who has undergone extensive training in food science, the art of food presentation and has the ability to break culinary rules and yet achieve an outstanding menu.
    Furthermore,a Chef can impart knowledge of culinary ideas with proficiency in language and can manage the kitchen, menu/pricing and the restaurant.. Montecristo, Lagos

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    • TerryAnn
      February 13, 2020

      Thank You for that very well spoken definition.

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  4. Joseph
    October 24, 2019

    I have been a cook two years now in one of biggest restaurant in uae but am still a cook not a chef but when we are inside the kitchen everyone is the chef but the salary is different

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    • Prettyhappychef
      December 22, 2019

      How is EVERYONE THE CHEF?!

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