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Tuesday, July 09 2013

The choice of becoming a chef can be very rewarding in spite of it being time-consuming. You must understand that cooking is different from being a chef. You must appreciate the fact that when you are preparing meals for customers in a setting of a restaurant, for instance, there is no room for error. As you prepare food for others, you will need to prepare meals to perfection. If you are considering becoming a chef, you need the following:

· Training & hands-on experience

To become a great chef you require the necessary training from a credited institution of learning. This way, your certificates will be accepted when you make the decision to apply for a job. In addition, you need at least 5 years of experience, having worked as a cook in a restaurant.

· Have a good sense of taste and smell

If you are to become a successful chef, you no doubt need to have a good sense of taste and smell. It is likely to prove difficult preparing good meals if at all you cannot make the difference between different spices. In addition, you need to know which spices work well together and which ones do not. In addition, you will need to present the meals in an enticing manner.

· Be physically active

Becoming a chef entails joining a physical profession. You are expected to remain on your two feet almost constantly. In addition, you will be expected to keep on chopping foods, kneading and stirring.

· Keep up with the customer demands

You will need to keep up with the pace of orders being made by hungry customers. You will also need to consider carefully the comments made by critical customers without feeling offended.

· Keep up with the heat in the kitchen

The kitchen is normally scorching hot throughout the year. Therefore, you need to be prepared to keep up with these demands. Even when it is cold outside, the kitchen is normally as hot as 95-degrees centigrade or higher. You need to learn how to put up with high temperatures even as you seek to ensure the rest of the staff members are happy.

· Know how to multi-task

For you to become a good one, you need to be able to multi-task. You will be expected to cook different meals all at the same time. In the meantime, you will be expected to chop different foods that need to be prepared. In some instances, when there is a shortage of staff, you will need to place items in the dishwasher, to do some dishwashing.

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Monday, July 01 2013


With an endless supply of fresh seafood, breathtaking views of the water and the creative minds of local chefs, whatever your gastronomic choice is, Pensacola has the place for you.

Ask any local where the best place is to get a hamburger at a reasonable price and chances are you are going to hear about Jerry's Drive-In. This popular favorite has been serving folks since 1939 and is located at 2815 East Cervantes Street in East Pensacola Heights - just look for the pig outside. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Other favorites here included fried mullet and gizzards. The walls are covered with bumper stickers and signs with funny and sarcastic slogans.

Are you in the mood for a stick-to-your ribs Southern breakfast? Look for further than the Coffee Cup, another Pensacola institute. Opened since 1945 at 520 East Cervantes Street, this quaint eatery boasts "quality food, friendly service and grits". Enjoy a build-your-own omelet, corned beef hash, breakfast sandwiches and did I mention they have grits? Visit them on Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. or Saturday from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For a fine dining experience, try Jackson's Steakhouse, overlooking Plaza Ferdinand where General Andrew Jackson accepted the transfer of Florida from Spain to the United States in 1821. Opened in 1998, this restaurant has earned the Award of Excellence from Wine Spectator eight times and the Golden Spoon Award from Florida Trend magazine. It is also in the top two percent of all fine dining restaurants in the country, according to the Distinguished Restaurants of North America. They are open for lunch Tuesday through Friday with a daily price fixed lunch special for $18 that includes a martini! Other specials include two glasses of house wine and an appetizer for $20 starting at 5 p.m.

McGuires Irish Pub, at 600 East Gregory Street, is one of the best known and most visited restaurants in Pensacola. It has been said that when Molly McGuire received a dollar bill as her first tip, she tacked it up behind the bar for good luck. Other customers have added to the collection and now there are more than a million signed bills in the restaurant. It is located in a 1927 building that was originally a firehouse. They feature more than 20 hamburgers including the $100 "Grand Burger" made with filet mignon and served with champagne and caviar. If you are in the mood for a good brew, they operate their own brewery and serve five regular beers and one seasonal variety. They are opened seven days a week from 11 a.m. to the wee hours (usually meaning 2 a.m.). Reservations are not accepted so get there early or expect to wait!

For fresh seafood, look no further than the Fish House. This restaurant offers dockside dining overlooking Pensacola Bay and Seville Harbor. The specialty dish is Grits a Ya Ya, a delicious combination of smoked Gouda cheese grits, fresh cream, sauteed Gulf shrimp, spinach, portabello mushrooms, applewood smoked bacon, garlic and shallots. They offer a 3,500 square foot outside deck with a bandstand, fire pit and bar. Happy hour runs from 4 to 6 p.m., 7 days a week with live music nightly and a Ladies' Night with $2 drinks every Wednesday. Come with friends or meet new ones outside on the deck. The view just can't be beat!

Whatever you are in the mood for, Pensacola has a restaurant to accommodate those taste buds! From Southern comfort food to Creole, Japanese, Chinese and everything in between, try something new today or visit an old favorite. To learn more, visit

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