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Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

Anne Burrell's Secrets of a Restaurant Chef

At her demonstration in South Beach, chef Anne Burrell was full of strong opinions that she was more than happy to share with the crowd. In between drinking pink Champagne and going off on several rants, Burrell managed to make a savory Tuscan fish stew. She also had some great pointers on cooking in general. To see what you should be doing to become a better, more restaurant-like home cook,


  • Take the time to set your mise en place. "I always, always, always do my mise en place before I cook. It makes things easier," Burrell says.
  • You should feel comfortable in your kitchen. Own the space and take control of your surroundings. Anne believes, "the food knows when you are feeling happy. If you're happy, the food will taste better."
  • Strongly grip knives for smoother chopping.
  • Carefully read a recipe from start to finish before you start to cook. That way you can eliminate useless steps and flavors that you dislike.
  • When heating a pan, set the cold pan on the burner, add the oil, then turn on the heat. "The only way you can tell that a pan is heated is if the butter has melted or the oil is shimmering."
  • Purchase shellfish that's sold in mesh bags. If you buy clams or mussels that are in plastic bags, you may be getting dead shellfish. The plastic makes them suffocate.

Do you like to watch Anne Burrell? Have you learned anything from her?

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Connie3009776 Connie3009776 5 years
I made the lamb shanks and they came out so good thank you Anne  
Robert-Deuel Robert-Deuel 5 years
I like her style, but due to her not liking pepper, she actually made Carbonara without Pepper. Carbonara, means "the Miners way" due to lots of Black Pepper. Maybe she'll make a leg of lamb with tofu next.
bickus bickus 6 years
ewwww, baby! Hi, Anne, just a quick note to say the 5/4 'Pulled Pork" was, what can I say - a D R O O L I N G L Y delightfull episode! I love watching you cook :-) CHEERS! Vicki in Monterey
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Don't mess with this chef! I like her also.
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