Chef in Michelin Star Restaurant More Than a Profesion: Professional Identity of Michelin Star Restaurants Chefs

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Chef in Michelin star restaurant more than a profesion: Professional identity of Michelin star restaurants chefs

4th GRC 2012
School of Hospitality and Tourism At Taylor’s Graduate School Petaling Jaya

Chef in Michelin star restaurant more than a profesion: Professional identity of Michelin star restaurants chefs

Master in International Hospitality Management

By

Benjamin Gouet 2012

Benjamin Gouet

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Chef in Michelin star restaurant more than a profesion: Professional identity of Michelin star restaurants chefs

General Introduction

Since couple of years, the culinary world and the job of chef have taken another dimension with regard to the public opinion due to the emergence of many culinary and chef television show all over the word. Indeed before this new culinary trend on TV, the catering industry and in particular the professional kitchen did not benefit of one attractive label under the public opinion view, the kitchen was even pointed out and condemned for its rough working environment, particularly the Michelin stars restaurant. Why this sudden advent of the professional kitchen world promotion, and the job of chef since the last 10 years, especially that michelin star restaurant chef, then that this field was totally denigrated and forgotten previously. Is that a fad? What is the message sent behind this promotion? Is that a broad international promotional campaign in order to regild the blazon of chef? Or a vast indirect recruitment campaign, in one sector where the manpower is sorely lacking? Or probably more both, because of the unpopularity of this industry, vacant positions are numerous and manpower unceasingly sought. But, first of all what we know exactly about chef occupation itself? What do we know about the Michelin star restaurant world and their Chefs ? Can we define them precisely? Do we know chefs indentity in Michelin star restaurant? And what about the profession of Michelin star Chef, which is not a new trend on the contrary of TV's shows, but is mostly forgotten or hidden, therefore that seems an important reflexion which be highlighted in order to better understanding on the world of Michelin star chef.

Benjamin Gouet

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Chef in Michelin star restaurant more than a profesion: Professional identity of Michelin star restaurants chefs

The work of chef, has always existed because of its peculiarity to meet a primary need: to feed, and this occupation has crossed the times which it has forged its identity and its culture. Therefore, what we know about the historical past of chef profession? The job of chef has it conserved any marks or habits of its historical background? And if it is the case, why? Finally, very few researches and studies have been undertaken regarding the metier of chefs in itself, and more specifically in Michelin star restaurant field. Therefore it seems really interesting to look into this field, the world of Michelin star restaurant Chefs and their indentities, whose the public opinion didn't know much about this profession. except the little part seen during the TV's shows, but is that the reality ?

Benjamin Gouet

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Chef in Michelin star restaurant more than a profesion: Professional identity of Michelin star restaurants chefs

I. Introduction

The profession of chef, has always existed because of its peculiarity to meet a primary need: to feed, and this occupation has crossed the times which it has forged its identity. But this profession has been promoted there is only a decade ago especially through all the media whose one in particular the TV. The metier of chef was previously poorly considered by the public opinion., because of its poor image and reputation made during the past. However, the job of chef have several faces according to the type of cuisine produced. Indeed the profession itself varies highly according to whether the chef works in collectivity kitchen, a traditional restaurant, a theme restaurant or a...
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