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Generation Chef
Generation Chef: Risking It All for a New American Dream | Karen Stabiner
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Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks--a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef's new restaurant. For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top--but talent isn't enough. Today's chef needs the business savvy of a high-risk entrepreneur, determination, and big dose of luck. The heart of Generation Chef is the story of Jonah Miller, who at age twenty-four attempts to fulfill a lifelong dream by opening the Basque restaurant Huertas in New York City, still the high-stakes center of the restaurant business for an ambitious young chef. Miller, a rising star who has been named to the 30-Under-30 list of both Forbes and Zagat, quits his job as a sous chef, creates a business plan, lines up investors, leases a space, hires a staff, and gets ready to put his reputation and his future on the line. Journalist and food writer Karen Stabiner takes us inside Huertas's roller-coaster first year, but also provides insight into the challenging world a young chef faces today--the intense financial pressures, the overcrowded field of aspiring cooks, and the impact of reviews and social media, which can dictate who survives. A fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, Generation Chef is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drive and passion in one of today's hottest professions.
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keithmalek

"Make mistakes. Just don't make the same mistakes twice." --Danny Meyer

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keithmalek
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I borrowed this book from the library but was reluctant to read it because not only am I not a foodie, but I barely even know how to cook. Maybe the only reason why it appealed to me was because it takes place in New York City. Either way, I'm glad I read it. This book somehow managed to be suspenseful, which I was not suspecting. This is the perfect book for anyone who has a dream, or wants to have one.

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RealLifeReading
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Good morning! Enjoying a Nespresso with milk and this book about a 20-something chef trying to start his own restaurant. What are you reading today?

Gina Listening to the audio book The Maze Runner with my 9 year old who requested to hear it with me 3y
Laura317 Hogfather by Terry Pratchett. When in the car, audio of Snuff - also by TP. 3y
Flaneurette Still reading murakami and love my Nespresso machine although it doesn't seem to get hot enough-I may need a new one 3y
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SaintUrsula Does your coffee have a sea otter on it? 3y
mom2bugnbee @SaintUrsula Oh, my word, now I can't see anything else. You're right! 3y
TheWordJar Enjoying A Christmas Carol! 3y
Liatrek Starting Memory in Death by JD Robb set around Christmas time 😊 3y
bookwrm526 Trying to finish (but in the midst of end-of-term grading frenzy) 3y
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Sarahsbookshelves
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Pickpick

This behind the scenes look into a new restaurant's (Huertas) first year of life in the high pressure world of NYC dining is equal parts food and business (specifically entrepreneurship) book. Reminded me of Sweetbitter minus the drugs and sex.

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bookandcat
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rotating every few chapters between The Mothers, Generation Chef, and The Secret History of the Pink Carnation. luxury or do I am I just easily distracted?

BookishMarginalia I always have several reads going at the same time 🤓 3y
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