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Culinary Jobs: Finding a Food Service Job

Finding a food service job is very easy if you possess the appropriate qualifications and to some degree, experience. Depending on the vacancies, people are selected on the basis of the talent they possess. After all a good staff member will represent the company. Jobs in the hospitality industry are even more demanding in that aspect. When looking at preparation and/or management of food, even the smallest error can reflect badly on the organization and event as a whole so it is imperative that each staff member is vetted carefully.

Take hospital management jobs. These will require more experience in addition to whatever qualifications form the basis of the vacancy. This is because management roles always require experience unless a person is promoted internally. Management roles also involve, quite obviously, managing people. This is not something everyone can do, and for those are not natural leaders, progress to management roles really does require time and experience. Managing people can be one of the most demanding tasks, and a leader will get the best out of his team and motivate them to better themselves.

People interested in culinary jobs, especially those who have already done a particular course, like for example commercial cookery, can apply for the jobs available. It takes time to find the right work environment and job that fits you, but the key is to start somewhere and gain experience, which in this industry is invaluable.

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submit on July 17th 2012 in Food

Three Fun Onion Facts

Some people love onions, others hate it like it’s the Apocalypse. Either way, these fun facts are worth knowing – they could even change the way you look at onions.

  1. People who love onions in their dishes may hate chopping these bulbs up since they also make folks go teary. Onions do sting one’s eyes, but there’s a secret to prevent that from happening: chewing gum. That’s right, folks. The next time you need to cut up some onions for anything you’re cooking, pop a few gums into your mouth and keep chewing.
  2. Do you hate how the smell of onions lingers on your hands, plates and utensils even after washing with soap and water? That’s  no reason to stop loving them. They are after all quite aromatic and flavorful, and some dishes will be incomplete without them. The trick is to rub some salt on your hand to get the smell off. The salt absorbs the aroma. You can also add in a few drops of lemon juice as this softens your hands. Instant exfoliation! You can remove the smell of onion from plates, containers, utensils and pots by cleaning them with baking soda.
  3. Use left-over half-onions to clean your grill. If you don’t want to use chemical grill cleaners, but are too impatient to scrape all that food off, follow these simple steps. First, turn on the grill until it is warm, and then turn it off. Rub the flat side of half an onion against the warm (not hot) grill, and the detritus from the grill will slowly come off. Who does the magic? The potent enzymes of onions, the same substances that help break down fat, soothe insect bites and repel mosquitos, loosen up those hard-to-remove detritus for more convenient grill cleaning.  

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publisher on November 30th 2010 in Food

The Different Types of German Beer

An interesting statistic indicates that Germany is only behind the Czech and the Irish when it comes to the consumption of beer, and for anyone who has been drinking beer for a while now, they would know that there are several types of German beer prepared in almost 1300 breweries that are located in different part of Germany.

German beer is divided into three types namely, top-fermenting beers, bottom-fermenting beers and hybrids that use only barley-malt, hops and water as their main ingredients, according to the ‘German Beer Purity Law” (Reinheitsgebot) put forward as early as 1487. Yeast and sugar are also permitted these days.

Some of the popular top-fermenting German beers are Weizen/Weißbier, Berliner Weisse, Weizenbock, Roggenbier and Leipziger Gose, and are called so because of the formation of foam at the top of the ‘wort’ during fermentation while the foam forms at the bottom for bottom-fermenting beers. In the case of hybrid, the foam forms at both the top and bottom.

Some of the popular German bottom-fermenting beers are Märzen, Eisbock, Doppelbock, Maibock, Dunkler Bock, Bock, Rauchbier, Dunkel, Spezial, Export, Pilsener, Schwarzbier and Helles while the popular hybrids are Kölsch and Altbier.

German beer is also classified according to the color and alcohol content of the beer available as Helles, Pilsener, the dark, white and Bock beers are the types that one can order for at a pub.

The reason why German beer is so popular is because it is 100% vegan, while in comparison to American beer; German beer is not pasteurized thus preserving the beer’s real flavor.

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submit on March 27th 2010 in Food

Wine Growing Regions and Conditions

Several regions over the world produce wine today but there are a handful of them that are truly recognized for the best wine. Some of these regions incidentally produce the most wine too. Well, what do you expect… the best wines are always in demand, right?

Since the first stage of making wine is all about rearing grapes, experts say that the best conditions to grow them lie between 20 to 50 degrees Latitude, on both sides of the Equator. Any minute change in climate and soil conditions will cause a big difference in how the wine turns out.

The top eight wine growing regions are:

France – With a moderate climate, the Loire Valley is home to some of the best red and white wines that France is famous for. Without a doubt, France is number one, and has set standards for wine production everywhere.

Italy – Between Seana and Florence lies Chianti which has over 10,000 acres of vineyards, produces some of the finest red wines that is known the world over.

Northern California – The U.S also produces some of the finest wines in the region of the northern California, particularly in the Napa and Sonoma valley with over 200 family-owned vineyards.

Germany – Not only is Germany famous for its beer, but also produces wine in the Baden region that also is famous for growing the toughest kind of grapes such as Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.

Australia – Surprisingly, this country produces most of the top wines such as Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Regions near Sydney as well as the Yarra valley also produce several sparkling wines.
Some of the other countries that are known for their high-quality wines are South Africa, Chile and Portugal.

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submit on March 19th 2010 in Food

Where Is the Best Coffee in the World

Taste is subjective and defining the best coffee would be difficult. There are two main species of coffee beans available in the world today. They are the Arabica and Robusta beans. Turkish coffee, Cappuccino and Espresso are the three most popular coffee variants. Listed below are some of the best coffee and coffee beans available in the coffee producing nations across the globe.

Brazil
The Brazil Bourbon Santos is one of the world’s best coffees. It is no wonder that Brazil is the world’s largest producer of the coffee bean. The coffee is aromatic and has the right balance of mild acidity and a balanced body and taste.

Colombia
Colombian brews are made from a blend of medium-roasted, medium-ground Colombian and Central American coffee beans. The Colombian coffee is usually smooth and light on the acids.

Ethiopia
Ethiopia is the home of the legendary Arabica tree that produces the berry, which is known as the coffee bean. Arabica blend is considered the best coffee in the world and is highly popular across the globe.

Hawaii
One of the compelling reasons to visit Hawaii would be the JavaBerry Black Estate. The blend offers a smooth and full flavored coffee.

Sumatra
The Indonesian coffee is strictly for coffee aficionados. The recent natural disasters have made it more expensive and the blend contains hints of chocolate and is sweeter than your average coffee. The Sumatra coffee has a thick aroma with fruity overtones.

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submit on February 5th 2010 in Food

Gourmet Coffee – How to Choose the Right Office Coffee Services Vendor

America is probably one of the world’s largest consumers of coffee. Today, not only is it a habit it has turned in to an overwhelming addiction. Therefore in order to curb the downtime as a result of coffee breaks, the demand for office coffee services have become a business need. The coffee service market includes large scale national providers, some smaller vendors and even mom and pop set ups that provide different types of coffee at different prices.

First thing to do as with choosing any type of service is to shortlist several vendors of varying sizes and prices. Since the taste of the coffee provided will be critical, you will have to conduct several taste tests to ensure that the coffee being provided is on a good scale. You may also want to have the potential vendors conduct a coffee tasting event and obtain feedback from the testers as to how they feel about the coffee. If you make the decision on your own and your employees do not like the coffee, you may cause more trouble than you wished to solve. Choose a vendor who provides the right mix of quality and affordable pricing. Most low end vendors’ coffee quality may deteriorate over time and cause problems within your office. You may also run in to problems with regard to the service they provide. Turnaround time for the coffee vendor to set up their operation may also be critical. If you are expecting the company to set up operations the very next day, make sure you ask them if they are capable of doing so before you sign up with them.

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submit on October 28th 2009 in Food

What Size Coffee Machine Do You Need For Your Daily Use?

Thinking of buying a coffee machine? Consider a few things before making the purchase. Keep the overall requirement you intend to cater to; the number of persons who would use the coffee machine and how many cups in total per day would be a great way to start.

If it is just two cups a day for home purposes, then a smaller level coffee machine is the ideal choice. This will ensure no wastage and will make sure an accurate amount of coffee is available whenever you need it. The 2-cup coffee machine, which gives two cups of coffee at a time is most suited for couples.

If intending to buy a coffee machine for your office, then a 10-12 cup machine is ideal. These machines save time and energy, and makes coffee for everyone with little or no effort at all.

Go for a 100-120 cup machine for large organizations or restaurants, or even for coffee shops. Even if you feel like splurging, don’t even consider these for home use, as they would be an apparently unsuitable choice to make. Commercial coffee machines, giving 40-100 cups are also available in the market.

Coffee machines come in a variety of sizes and specifications. You can even choose one by the size of cup you like. Keep in mind the number of people who would use your coffee machine on a daily basis. Your budget should also give you an indication of what type of coffee machine to purchase.

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submit on September 10th 2009 in Food

Matsutake Mushroom

Many people who purchase mushrooms from their local grocery store, either fresh or in cans, never have the opportunity to truly appreciate the amazing variety of edible mushrooms there are in the world and the multitude of flavors that they offer cuisine.  Some of the harder-to-find varieties can now be purchased through online vendors like Oregon Mushrooms, opening a whole new world to cooks and food lovers.

Lobster mushrooms are a popular choice among those looking for something a little different to try.  Although the name comes from the lobster-red coloring of the shell, many feel that the flavor and aroma of these mushrooms does have a hint of seafood to it.  They can occasionally be found in large grocery store chains and are widely enjoyed.

The matsutake mushroom has only known to grow in a handful of places around the world, including Japan, China, and Korea.  An ingredient in Japanese cuisine for almost a millennium, the matsutake is treasured enough to be considered a special gift.  It can be quite expensive to purchase due to the limited growing region and the difficulty in harvesting.  However, this is a delicacy that is worth trying at least once.

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submit on January 27th 2009 in Food