She was an insurance saleswoman. He was a former costume designer. With the help of a Chicago community center and some ACF chefs, they became Certified Fundamentals Cooks and forged a new path.
Out of desperation, many employers are hiring and promoting people to positions that they are not yet qualified for. This is what’s known as the Peter Principle.
Skills will grow, abilities will improve and confidence will increase exponentially over time, but any new cook must begin with a focus on those critical foundations that are the expectation of every chef in any type of food operation.
A small, dedicated group of local chefs brought the ACF Cape Cod chapter back from extinction several years after its dissolution. The lessons they learned can apply to fledgling chapters as well as those which have been around for decades.
If there is one professional symbol denoting excellence that’s recognized around the world, that image is the chef’s towering white toque.