January 3, 2023

Anyone who’s in the culinary industry—or aspires to be—is likely always searching 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 2022 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

Chef adding a pinch of salt to a tomato sauce in a large silver pan

Wish you had a practical guide for exactly how to make the move into becoming a professional chef? We’ve got you covered. This article features topics like what a chef does, segments of the culinary industry, average salary, education needed, and much more.

Read the full article here.

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

Close-up of male chef plating a molecular dish

Dive into the Michelin star rating system’s origins, criteria, and current global rankings in this piece. Discover why the Michelin star designation is so coveted and get insights from real chefs on their perspectives about the system.

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3. Culinary School Pros and Cons: How to Decide if It’s for You

Three Escoffier students in uniform smiling for a photo in a commercial kitchen

Escoffier culinary students at Boulder campus.

If you dream of pursuing a career in the culinary arts, but are still on the fence about whether it’s the path for you, this article dives into many pros and cons you might want to consider. For instance, culinary school is a time commitment and financial investment, but it might open the door to several life-long career opportunities.

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4. Different Knives and the Best Uses for Each

An assortment of kitchen knives around a cutting board

Knowing your knives and the functionality of each one 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 on the most common knives and their uses.

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5. 6 Skills Every Baker Should Have

Baker in a brown apron adding dry ingredients to a bowl

Baker in the kitchen practicing essential skills including mise en place.

If you desire to become a professional baker and perhaps launch your own bakery, explore the essential skills you might want to refine—covered in Escoffier’s baking & pastry programs. This includes creativity with flavor and texture, understanding mise en place, attention to detail, and more.

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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 pan

There’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 Complete Guide to Starting a Home-Based Catering Business

appetizers carefully displayed on a wooden table at an event

Appetizers delivered from a home-catering business.

For many chefs, starting a home-based catering business might be a more affordable undertaking than a restaurant—after all, you don’t necessarily need a brick-and-mortar storefront! Before you launch, get the inside scoop on how to set it up, which includes how to map out startup expenses, craft your menu, catering laws, and more!

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8. How to Start a Restaurant with Little to No Money

Food Truck Employee hands out a burger to a happy customer in a suit

Don’t let expenses hinder you from starting a restaurant. In this article, explore the steps you might take to obtain funding and the various “out-of-the-box” restaurant types to consider. For instance, have you considered starting a food truck or ghost kitchen? These are just a few options to get you started!

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9. 7 Books All Chefs Should Read According to Professional Chefs

Cookbook, book with pages open next to metal pots and kitchen utensils

What 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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10. How to Start a Bakery Business from Home

 Fresh milk bread rolls on a tray sitting on the stove

If you want to start selling baked goods, but might not have all the resources, discover how to cut costs and start a bakery business from home. This article covers all the important factors to consider, including business licensing, how to plan a menu, food costs, pricing, and more.

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Brush 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, hospitality and restaurant operations management, and food entrepreneurship.

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

Want to read more on the culinary industry? Try these as well!

*This article was originally published on December 30, 2021, and has since been updated.