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post #61 of 100
a pate a bombe is egg yolks whipped up with a hot sugar syrup (usually heated to the hard ball stage). It the base for a lot of things.. french butter cream.. mousses.. etc.

I have no problem with anyone wearing a chef's jacket. Don't go out and get yourself an executive chef's jacket with the hat to match, but a generic chef's jacket is fine. Don't tell everyone you have gone to culinary school.. but I see no problem with wearing a jacket. I worked in a restaurant where everyone behind the scenes wore jackets.. EVERYONE.

I plan on getting one made for myself for cake deliveries. A pale blue one with my company logo on it. I'm not going to call myself a chef.. not going to write "Chef Jeanne" on it.. but I want to look professional. I have spent many years working on my cooking skills.. and I have worked in a restaurant where I was doing the job of a "chef".. I have a lot of skills that the average person doesn't. All that said I have no issue with ANYONE wearing a chef's jacket.. especially since it was the dishwasher's uniform too.
post #62 of 100
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Originally Posted by CourtneysCustomCakes



I give anyone who goes out there to try to make something of themselves without all the fancy training, and are succeeding High regard. There is something to be said about someone who hasn't had the formal training who can do exactly what the formally trained can do. I think that is a great success.



You see, that is the point. It's not "exactly what the formally trained" can do. It's like stealing the pictures of someone else's cake, based on the assumption that you could make a cake that looks like that. It projects something that you are not.

There is no doubt that CC is a forum made up mostly of hobbiest bakers who value the look of a cake more than the quality of the ingredients. That is fine, but everyone should realize that most pastry professionals ( and the pastry degree is even harder than just regular old culinary school) would be wildly offended by you saying that what you make with Duncan Hines and Sour cream is "exactly the same" as a recipe they spent six months developing.

What any of this has to do with wearing a chef's coat or not is beyond me. For what it is worth, I am not offended by people wearing a chef's coat, I just think it is not the best marketing option for every cake baker.

And my coat doesn't say Chef Katrina...It says "she who must be obeyed"
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post #63 of 100
LMAO Katrina.. I need one that says that for me to wear around the house!!

I totally understand wha you are saying and don't find it offensive at all. And I am a hobbyist baker.
post #64 of 100
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Originally Posted by jkalman

LMAO Katrina.. I need one that says that for me to wear around the house!!.



hahahaha! In my house, that's a given!!
post #65 of 100
We try to shoot for a contemporary look to our business. I also feel it is VERY important to "look the part" and dress professionally. We wear black tops and black pants, or skirts with Black shoes or boots. We all wear our black bib aprons with our pink logo on them. My husband who obviously would look-well feminine, wears black clothing with his black chef coat with our company logo on it and his black head bandanna! Brides and other caterers always tell us how nice we look. None of us are chefs, but we all have advance training on cake decorating. We do not wear our names on us or say "chef"-But I do feel it is important to look like you have it together! There is nothing at all wrong with that...just my 2 cents!!! thumbs_up.gif
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post #66 of 100
"You see, that is the point. It's not "exactly what the formally trained" can do. It's like stealing the pictures of someone else's cake, based on the assumption that you could make a cake that looks like that. It projects something that you are not. "

If they can do than they are. With or without the training. And If they are that good than they have every right to call themselves what ever they want, and get the respect they deserve. They are not stealing anything. They are just good at what they do.

I admittedly am not a Chef, have never caller myself one. I am a Cake Decorator. I enjoy what I do and I enjoy learning new things. I have taught myself most of what I know and I know there is more that I can learn. But I think there is more that everyone can learn. I do use boxed mix that I turn into what I want. I don't make anyone elses cakes, I do gather Ideas and create my own. I do not wear a Coat (looks too uncomfortable IMO) And I get High complements on what I do from High Class and not so. I've served to Millionaires and Underprivelaged. And I treat everyone the same. I have a loyal Clientel that I will not give up and it keeps getting bigger with every order. And I am working very hard to get to where I know I am going. And there is nothing wrong with that, for me or for anyone else for that matter.

I'm glad you and others have had the training. From that we can learn. Yes having the training makes you better (scholasticly,). But it does not make any one better than anyone else. I'm glad you have the confidence to feel as such. But we can be just as confident.

We are all here for the love of cake decorating. And to see what else is out there. Not to knock people who are doing a great job, just pecause they don't have the same training.
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post #67 of 100
I have something to say! icon_biggrin.gif

I thought about this sine my last post in this thread.

I have decided the following:

To me white & black are for those at the top of the game. Those are the expensive and intimidating ones.

If some one were in a pink, purple, orange, tie-dye, or fucia chef style jacket I would not consider them "top of the game professional" but "polished and professional"

I will get one at some point but in a color. I hate polo shirts and dress up shirts just aren't me. I'm not comfy in them and won't wear them. A chef jacket though... I could have a tee shirt or tank top on and be comfy.

It will have my logo, company name and first name.

I may get one for hubby with titles on them mine can be "boss" and his title "not the boss"
post #68 of 100
CarolynGwen-"I may get one for hubby with titles on them mine can be "boss" and his title "not the boss"-
I like that...I will have to remember that! icon_lol.gif
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post #69 of 100
I agree with a previous poster to look neat and clean no matter what you decide to wear.

Here's why: in my department at work, we do a lot of luncheons and there are two of us who usually order or make recommendations on which catering company to use. The caterers we use/recommend the most are the ones who dress neatly when they make the delivery. Only one of those wears a chef jacket and black pants. The companies we use/recommend the least are ones where the employees delivering are wearing scruffy jeans, old faded t-shirts, and flip flops that have seen better days.

JMHO......
post #70 of 100
I agree and disagree with the posts I have read. That's the beauty of "agree to disagree". I'm a nurse and see people who wear scrubs at jobs that are not in the medical/dental field (hair dressers, day care workers, cafeteria workers) and used wonder why???? Back in the day scrubs were pretty tacky (imo) but now there are some that are really cute. I realized COMFORT! It's like wearing your pajamas to work! KathiK posted a cute pic, love all the coats on the site. I can see why some women choose to wear them as RTW. I say wear what you are comfortable in.
On the you haven't earned the right to wear it note. . .(Not that I am offended, just thought I'd share). . .My husband works in Air-Medical Transport and has a slew of letters after his name. (Me and my paycheck wish I had just 1/2 of them ahahaha). . .On their coats, a company logo on the back, a heilcopter on the left breast and name on the right. EVERYONE from Accounting to Flight Crews got the same coat. Let me tell you, this stirred up a hornet's nest! My Husband told me that several Flight Crew members were deeply offended that employees with no medical education at all had the helicopter on their coats. How dare they, they hadn't earned the right to have that on their coats. This really bothered my DH, they were all part of the same team. Maybe not doing the same job or doing it the same way but a team nonetheless. You can't please everyone all the time. I say go with what ya like. Thats what I do.
I can also see the point of those who have Culinary degrees. I'm not sure if it's the same but if I saw a a Nurse's cap on someone's head, I'm not sure I'd be bothered but would maybe wonder why they were wearing it. icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif I am very proud of my profession and education.
As a matter of fact, I own a pink Chef's coat. It was a gift from my sweet ex-b/f who was a chef himself. He said he thought I'd look cute in it. Ladies, thanks for speaking your minds! I love to read a great debate! Sorry for being so long winded.

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post #71 of 100
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There is no doubt that CC is a forum made up mostly of hobbiest bakers who value the look of a cake more than the quality of the ingredients.[



I have been quietly reading this post, but feel a need to add my 2 cents. It's definitely getting way off the subject. Just because someone bakes and decorates as a hobby and has not had formal training does not mean they can't make a great tasting cake and don't care about the "quality of the ingredients". I have been baking for at least 35 years. I think 35 years experience counts for something! I care very much about the quality of the ingredients I use. I bake from scratch and yes I don't mind using Duncan Hines with sour cream at times. Formal training does not guarentee a good quality cake!

Back to the subject of the thread. Wear whatever makes you most comfortable.
post #72 of 100
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

Hope this isn't too dumb a question, but..

Thoughts? I hate dressy shirts, so I'm sorta looking for an excuse to not have to do that!



no question is a dumb one when u want an answer! i too hate what i think of as dressy shirts or blouses--old school style, heck not even granny style LOL

i love the shirt you picked out, just make sure that it's comfy--have a blast & let us know how it goes!!!!

i'm sooo jealous icon_biggrin.gif
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post #73 of 100
LOL...silly thread this has become......
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post #74 of 100
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Originally Posted by FlowerGirlMN

Yikes guys. No consensus at all! LOL.

I picked this up today - it's close on to blue, and looks really nice on me. The color is perfect for me, and it doesn't look too matronly. I'm not even 30 yet, but most fat chick clothing looks like it was made for those 50+.

Is this dressy enough though? It's the only thing I could find that looked even halfway acceptable! I'm thinking I'll pair this with nice black pants and maybe a necklace/earrings set. The shirt looks nicer in person, it's a beautiful teal color:

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-1/qid=1188778622/ref=sr_1_1/601-3448190-7722532?ie=UTF8&asin=B000OZHZWW



I really like that shirt. It would go well with a chocolate color pant as well. icon_biggrin.gif
post #75 of 100
I really like it too. I think you will do a really good job.

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