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Do vegetarian chefs exist?

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I mean ones that cook meat? Or vegans that cook meat or with dairy, etc?

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    1. Yes; although I now eat seafood, I was a full-on vegetarian when I worked in the kitchen at a BBQ restaurant and as a chef at another restaurant that had chicken and fish on the menu.

      1. I cook meat all the time for others and I have also worked in restaurants where i've prepared meat dishes. I'm also going to be taking a bunch of culinary courses in the fall - one of them is butchery!

        1. So how did you get through chef school without eating the meat? How did you know it was done right? I mean, how can you cook a steak "medium" and not know if the temperature is correct, of know if there's enough salt in a stew without tasting it?

          I'm curious, as I just assumed everyone, even vegetarians, had to try everything in school.


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          1. re: TexasToast

            There's lots of cues to tell you if a steak is done properly, including internal temperature and firmness of the meat. As for tasting for seasoning in a stew, it's highly likely that someone else would be making that dish. I haven't seen many vegetarian chefs in non-veg restaurants, but I would imagine the proportion is reversed in vegetarian restaurants.

          2. not a veg chef, but I spent over four years as a non-meat-eater working at a steak house. I can't speak to the tasting, but it's easy to tell when a steak is cooked to medium (or any other temperature) by touching it. It doesn't take long to be able to feel the difference in temps; in fact, if I do cook steak for guests at home I always go by touch rather than thermometer.

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            1. re: nc213

              Right, but what do you do about salting and flavors? Yeah, you can SEE them go in, but don't you have to taste to know if things are cooked down right.