A master without the proper tools is ill-prepared. A private chef must desire to be personally involved beyond the kitchen. His or her informed and discriminating choices are vital tools in the market place.
An integral part of proper preparation, the chef should know precisely what the kitchen holds. Routine inventory to affirm stock and freshness will assure never being short an ingredient. The size of the household will determine how frequently this inventory is needed. However, that schedule should be strictly adhered to in order to maintain authoritative knowledge of available resources.
This schedule should also include frequent trips to the market place. A fortunate chef will be able to attend to this task personally. After all, his or her knowledge will be just as necessary there as in the kitchen and will not easily be replaced by anyone else. Who else but the chef will know the slight variations brought about by varying regions, growers or brands? All oils do not cook equally, nor do all produce taste the same. Even slight variations in color, texture and scent may indicate something to a trained chef that would not be evident to anyone else. These details cannot be communicated over the phone or via text. So it is an undeniable pleasure for the chef to shape each dish from the time the ingredients are purchased.
Again, the size of a household may dictate different circumstances. Some chefs may find it necessary to entrust shopping and procurement to another staff member. He or she will find it to their great advantage to know the market place from their own experience. Specificity will save everyone involved a great deal of uncertainty and consternation. It may benefit everyone involved if the private chef accompanies whomever will be entrusted with this task at least once so that all essential information and insight may be imparted. Proper communication on behalf of the chef to the staff will determine success.
As always, it is the responsibility of the chef to know the kitchen is well-stocked with the essential ingredients. Inspecting each item as it is brought into the kitchen to make sure the correct purchase has been made will assure this.
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