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An Excellent Kitchen is… Sharp

An Excellent Kitchen is… Sharp

Written by CSFTW Chef Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange A sharp knife is a safe knife… a dull knife is a dangerous knife. It has been said that if you have six hours to chop down a tree, spend the first four sharpening your ax. The knife is one of the primary tools...
An Excellent Kitchen is…Hard

An Excellent Kitchen is…Hard

Written by CSFTW Chef Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. Do what you love, and you’ll never have to work a day in your life. Whoever said that never loved cooking. Because cooking is not just work; it’s hard work.  Long hours, cramped kitchens, weekends, and...
Excellence is…reality

Excellence is…reality

Written by Chef Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. As seen on TV…or is it? Cooking shows have been a blessing and a curse for our industry. I can remember when you could only cook steaks and baked potatoes in this town (maybe an exaggeration but only slightly). When...
Excellence is…Clean

Excellence is…Clean

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. “If you’ve got time to lean, you’ve got time to clean.” As a cook I have heard this more times than I like to admit and once I became a chef have said it many times as well. Cleaning, however, should not be...
Excellence is…Hospitable

Excellence is…Hospitable

Written by Mark Hitri. Photo by James Creange. There’s no place like home. For some culinarians, the kitchen is their home away from home. As chefs, most of us get it that we are inviting the guests into our “homes” when they come to dine with us, but what about our...