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Welcome to In The Fire

Baptism by fire is a concept that many of us–both in and out of the kitchen–have experienced personally. The professional chefs who write these articles love the challenges and thrill of learning, creating, teaching, and sharing practically everything culinary. They're not throwing sparks; they are standing in the fire--and loving it. Whether you are a professional chef or would like to become a chef or just enjoy the art of food and cooking, we hope that In the Fire will inspire you.

Rethinking Culinary Creation

A chef's success is measured one dish at a time. That's why it's so important that every single dish that goes on your menu passes the test. Here's how I create my own new dish!

Expanding Your Culinary Horizons - Chef David Gilbert

Learning cooking basics in culinary school is the first step toward becoming a great chef, but it is far from the last. Learning to expand your culinary horizons through travel, practicing sustainability, staging, and delving into the business of food can make all the difference.

Any suggestions for keeping meat moist for large parties? I'm an off-site caterer and really need a workable solution.

Unfortunately, like in most things culinary, there is no perfect formula for moist meat-the mass of the meat, type of transport container, cooking method, holding time and many other factors must be considered. Once you understand how these things work together, however, you'll be a pro.

Culinary School Advice from Chef David Gilbert

Becoming a chef is hard work, and many of the more tough situations you'll be forced to deal with are beyond your control. You have to learn to adapt, carry on and-as always-improve your craft.

Culinary Student Advice from Chef David Gilbert - Developing a Winning Chef Team

There's a reason the saying goes, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen." It's a tough job, both physically and creatively demanding. So what makes it all worthwhile?

Culinary School Advice from Chef David Gilbert

Current and potential culinary school students can use all the help they can get. Experienced, well-renown Chef David Gilbert of Luqa shares his experiences both in culinary school and in the professional kitchen!