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10 Restaurant Tips for Home Cooks


Common restaurant kitchen practices often get lost in translation for the home cook, mostly because they just don't apply. But there are some handy, useful tricks that do apply and can be a great asset for any home cook looking to improve his or her efficiency and cleanliness in the kitchen.

When I spent a year working in four different restaurants around the world for my recently published memoir, Four Kitchens, I knew I’d be picking up a wealth of great recipes. Indeed, I learned how to make fried hollandaise cubes at wd~50 in New York City; I mastered shrimp summer rolls in Hanoi at La Verticale; I quickly and effortlessly deseeded pomegranates at Carmella Bistro in Tel Aviv; and I made a decadent and spicy chocolate cake in Paris with minimal clean-up.

Yet along the way, I also learned a bounty of nifty kitchen tips and tricks that I regularly use when cooking at home. I've compiled them below so you too can benefit from my time in the kitchen. Check out the slideshow below and let us know if you have any time-saving tricks of your own!

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10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.


10 Recipes Every Bobby Flay Fan Should Master

If you’ve watched Bobby Flay, you know of his fearless tenacity as an Iron Chef, his mastery of the grill and his fearless approach to rivals on Beat Bobby Flay. He’s mentored Food Network Star hopefuls to greatness and expanded Food Network fans’ palates to the bold flavors in Southwestern cuisine.

Keep reading below for his best-ever recipes — from grilled skirt steak tacos and party-ready sangria to a sweet-tooth-satisfying apple crumble — plus his tips for cooking the perfect burger.

Bobby’s tacos take just 30 minutes to make, thanks to the skirt steak that is grilled for just a few minutes on each side. Layer the meat atop a warm flour tortilla with buttery avocado, sour cream and Bobby’s roasted salsa, which has bold flavors like charred tomatoes and serrano chiles.