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By Katherine Pendrill
Whether you’re a chef, restaurateur, or server, you need to be familiar with a vast vocabulary of culinary terms to communicate with teammates and customers.
If, for example, you ask a colleague to broil something, when you actually want it braised, you could end up with costly food waste and unhappy customers. We’re here to help you avoid kitchen crises by:
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If you work in a restaurant, you need to know the proper terms for cooking techniques, ingredients, dishes, and jargon. Culinary terms are a common language that keeps everyone on the same page.
Some people you’re working with may be self-taught, while others have gone to culinary school. If you’re a chef trying to communicate with fellow back of house (BOH) team members but are using culinary terms you’ve made up, you’re creating a recipe for disaster. Using a shared vocabulary helps maximize kitchen efficiency.
Culinary terminology isn’t just valuable to kitchen staff. Servers also need to be able to understand how food is prepared and be ready to explain cooking methods, ingredients, and flavors to customers who inquire about menu items.
When everyone uses the same restaurant lingo, you can ensure consistent execution of recipes and service.
Without further ado, here are popular food terms you should know if you work in a restaurant – whether you’re in the kitchen or in a customer-facing role.
When you and your team understand all of these important culinary terms, you’ll be able to communicate effectively and keep customers satisfied. Happy studying!
Katherine is the Content Marketing Manager at TouchBistro, where she writes about trending topics in food and restaurants. The opposite of a picky eater, she’ll try (almost) anything at least once. Whether it’s chowing down on camel burgers in Morocco or snacking on octopus dumplings in Japan, she’s always up for new food experiences.
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