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Chefs, what does it take to be a good Sous Chef?

I've been considering Culinary Arts for a career besides just Sign Language Interpreting for the U.S courts. I want to be a Sous Chef one day and I want to know: What it takes? How much stress is there in the kitchen? How much is the pay? What things do Sous Chefs do? Chef Gordon Ramsey yells all the time and those chefs seems so stressed.

Asked By: Tiger Eyes - 3/7/2009
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V.I.P, it takes dedication and a keenness and a flair for cooking and flavors. Depending on the establishment, if it is continually running at a fast pace then the stress levels can be high, but not all the time, depends on the situation. V.I.P to start the pay will seem crap to you, but as you progress, and Chef sees... More
Answered By: C.M. C - 3/7/2009
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patience
Answered By: Jodie - 3/7/2009
 
thick skin and a fast knife
Answered By: no13qb - 3/7/2009
 
The ability to get yelled at and take it.
Answered By: answerman - 3/7/2009
 
after about two years in prep ,you move to line for two years, then to be a sous chef, you do all the prep for the main kitchen, the cooking of the main dishes, the ordering of food, creating the menu with the exe chef, clean up and lock up at night, some make out the employee work list, schedules,some even do job... More
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Answered By: child of god - 3/7/2009
 
You must be willing to put in a lot of time with minimum pay.
Answered By: Melissa - 3/7/2009
 
I've worked along side sous chefs for about 10 years... More
Answered By: Mercury 2010 - 3/7/2009
 
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