14 Practical Life Lessons I Learned In Culinary School
Some of the most important lessons had nothing to do with cooking.
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Hello world! I'm Jesse from BuzzFeed's Food team and I recently shared some of the best cooking tips I learned in culinary school.
But beyond those, my years at The Culinary Institute of America also taught me a ton of lessons that had nothing to do with cooking.
So here are 14 of the best (noncooking) lessons I learned:
1. Respect every coworker.
2. Time management is the single most important skill to master in your professional life.
3. And prep lists = the OG bullet journal.
4. Always keep a tiny notebook on you at work — and jot everything down.
5. Mise en place is life — and it's not just for food.
6. Don't be afraid to knock on doors. (Just be respectful about it.)
7. Never show up to work with a stained uniform (even if this means you have to soak them in Borax the night before).
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In school, if your whites were stained, you were sent home for the day. Every night we would soak our whites in a mixture of hot water and Borax. No matter what insane stain-fighting concoction students came up with, this classic mixture always proved to be the best. This taught us to be clean, put together, and presentable at all times. See how to do it here.
8. If you mess something up, that's OK — just fix it so your colleagues don't hate you.
9. No matter how upset you are at work, keep things moving.
10. Work starts as early as you need to get it done, not when your schedule says.
11. (Over)communication is often the key to team work.
12. Criticism can teach you how to be better — so don't let it upset you and always be open to it.
13. Realize that you'll never know everything about your field...
14. ...and that everybody has a different way of doing things.
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