October 28, 2015 Guest Post
People who are passionate about food are also passionate about their kitchen. After all, that’s where the magic happens. If you’re a foodie who likes to cook in his free time, then you should think about investing in your kitchen. It’ll make cooking much more enjoyable. If you harbor dreams of becoming a chef, then you need to be practicing in a restaurant styled kitchen, which is why you should get these useful things:
A Good Set of Knives
A chef is only as good as his knives. If you’re serious about entering the culinary world, then you should invest in a good set of knives. They are the tools of your trade and they need to be sharp. Practicing with professional knives is important, so you don’t end up accidently cutting yourself in the restaurant kitchen. It takes years of practice for a chef to master using knives properly, that’s why the sooner you start the better it will be for you.Fishes aren’t going to fillet themselves. They need an expert hand wielding a sharp blade.
Professional Grade Utensils
If you’re going to cook to be a professional chef, then you might as well cook in professional grade utensils that actual chefs use. They are much more durable than regular utensils, so they’ll last for a longer time. Think of it as an investment in your dream. You can also use these utensils when you’re entertaining guests, because they’re quite large. You’ll be able to prepare a feast for ten people quite comfortably. Cooking for a large group of people will give you an idea of what it’s like to work in a restaurant kitchen. You’ll know whether or not you’re cut out for it.
A Butane Torch
A butane torch is something you need when you’re making desserts. How else are you supposed to melt the caramel? Keeping a butane torch handy may also have other applications.You can use it to roast toppings as well. However, you must always keep it away from the reach of children and be careful while using it. It can melt copper and aluminum, so you can imagine what it can do to your skin.You don’t want to accidently roast yourself and make your skin look like caramel.It’s best to remove the cylinder when the torch is not in use.
A Fire Extinguisher
If you’re going to keep a butane torch in your kitchen then you need to keep a fire extinguisher as well. You have the thing that starts the fire, then why not have the thing that puts it out? All restaurant kitchens have a fire extinguisher, because chefs realize that working with fire is dangerous. You’ll seriously reduce the chances of an accident if you abide by this rule. There are portable fire extinguishers that are available for kitchen use. If you do decide to get it, then keep it in a place where it’s easily accessible.
A Cool Room
Probably the most expensive and the most useful thing in a restaurant kitchen is a cool room. A cool room’s basically a walk-in refrigerator where you can store fresh produce and meat. If you have that in your home kitchen, then your life will be a whole lot simpler. You’ll be able to shop for more groceries without having to worry about where to store them. If your tiny fridge has been holding you back, then it’s time to super size it. After all, you want to be a chef, so why not invest in a cool room?
An iPad Dock
The time for recipe books is gone, now you can findyour favorite recipes on your iPad. If you’re still in those early stages of cooking where you need to follow recipes, then you should get an iPad dock. You can dock your iPad on it while you’re cooking. It’s better than placing it on the counter top and accidently dropping something on it. Need I remind you that iPads are ridiculously expensive?So you need to take care of yours. You can even play a few tunes in the background while you’re cooking to make things more interesting.
Your dream of becoming a chef will remain a dream unless you invest in it. If you invest in the things mentioned here, then you’ll well on your way to becoming the next top chef.
Leslie Kramer, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger, who is currently writing for