December 30, 2021

Anyone who’s in the culinary industry — or aspires to be — is likely always looking for ways to perfect their skills. Culinarians by nature tend to be creative, observant, and experimental.

If you consider yourself a student of the craft — whether in a professional capacity or as a hobby — check out Auguste Escoffier School of Culinary Arts’ top blog articles from 2021 and start the new year by exploring more about tools, techniques, and the industry at large.

1. How to Become a Chef: The Complete Guide

Confident smiling female chef holding two plates cooked food in kitchenWish you had a practical guide for exactly how to make the move into being a professional chef? We’ve got you covered. This article features topics like what a chef does, segments of the culinary industry, salary expectations, education needed, and much more.

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2. How Restaurants Get Michelin Stars: A Brief History of the Michelin Star Guide

Close-up of male chef plating a molecular dishDive into the Michelin star rating system’s origins, criteria, and current global rankings in this piece. Not only do we cover why the Michelin star designation is so coveted, we also get insights from real chefs on their perspectives about the system.

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3. Different Knives and the Best Uses for Each

Chef cutting brioche bread with knifeKnowing your knives is a crucial element of success in the kitchen. Save yourself from injury, get prep jobs done quicker, and serve up beautifully chopped creations by educating yourself in the most common knives and their uses.

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4. 7 Books All Chefs Should Read According to Professional Chefs

Cookbook, book with pages open next to metal pots and kitchen utensilsWhat are the top brass reading to increase their knowledge of the industry? What do Escoffier’s Chef Instructors recommend all passionate culinarians peruse? Here’s a roundup of the top seven books for chefs.

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5. A History of the Chef’s Hat

Group of happy chefs smiling at the cameraTo the outsider, they might look funny, but the industry insider knows that the chef’s hat is a badge of honor. Find out how the white pleated toque came to signify ranking in the kitchen and why it’s still used around the world today.

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6. French Cooking: How and Why French Cuisine Came to Dominate the World

Beef and potatoes dish on a black plate panThere’s a reason the French lead the way in Michelin star restaurants. Take a trip through time to explore the evolution of French cuisine, its specialized techniques and signature elements, and why it’s beloved by so many across the globe.

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7. The Pros and Cons of Becoming an UberEats Restaurant Partner

Smiling female Barista with glasses Serves Order to a Food Delivery Courier Picking Up Paper Bag with Pastries from a Cafe RestaurantLet’s face it: third-party delivery services like UberEats, DoorDash, GrubHub, Postmates, and Caviar have changed the game as far as serving culinary experiences to hungry patrons. These services can be incredibly beneficial for your restaurant, but there are some downsides to consider before you form a partnership.

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8. 5 Best Cooking Shows According to Professional Chefs

Cameras filming cooking show, chefs with apronWho says you can’t binge watch your favorite streaming service… and stoke your passion for the culinary arts? We asked some of the professional chefs at Escoffier what they’re watching and they gave us the rundown on their favorites.

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9. What Does a Chef Consultant Do?

Smiling female chef in a bakery with loaves of breadNot everyone in the culinary industry wants to work in a restaurant kitchen or front-of-house role. Fortunately, there are plenty of career options — like the chef consultant. This role is responsible for improving products or operations in a restaurant on a short-term basis. Find out more about this career path in the article!

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10. How to Become a Foodie Influencer

Culinary student taking a picture on phone of sliced bread on a wooden boardAnother excellent career option for those who love food but don’t want to don the chef’s uniform, foodie influencers are paving the way for the industry’s hottest trends. This article discusses the freedom and flexibility in an influencer’s schedule, creating quality content, building relationships with brands, and facing challenges.

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Brushing Up on Your Knowledge… and Then Some

Now that you’ve browsed Escoffier’s top content from this year, you may find yourself hungry for more. If you’re looking to take your skills to the next level, check out our diploma and degree programs — including culinary arts and plant-based culinary arts, pastry arts, and hospitality and restaurant operations management.

Not sure you’re ready for culinary school? Reach out to an admissions counselor to find out more about what it takes.

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