chefs journal

A Self-Learning Guide to Cooking like a Chef

Learn to cook by cooking. Develop your own recipes. Recreate restaurant dishes at home

 The Commonplace Chef’s Journal is a self-learning guide to the world of food. Designed to be used every time you cook or eat out, this journal enables you to deconstruct dishes, analyze your own cooking, and develop new and exciting recipes from scratch. With reviews to keep you on track and guided analysis throughout, you’ll not only be able structure your learning around your own unique tastes and interests, but will be able to drastically increase the speed at which you progress from amateur to chef.

Chefs journal

Great chefs aren’t created in the classroom…

While books and culinary programs may give you a foundation to build on, the real learning happens in the kitchen, not the classroom. However, the kitchen is chaotic and includes almost limitless ingredients, cooking styles, and possibilities. Where do you even begin? How do you improve? How do you test and taste for perfection?

Learn by doing — Cook, analyze, improve

Chef's Journal

Learn how to taste and breakdown dishes like a chef

Learn to Cook like a Chef

Master traditional skills and the basics needed in any kitchen

Cooking Journal

Create your own cookbook and learning resource as you go

Chef Journal

Develop a Chef’s Palate

Learn step-by-step how to taste food, what to look for, and how tastes balance and layer with each other. Describe the tastes you experience accurately and discover why certain dishes appeal to you and those you enjoy them with. Uncover the secret of plating and the importance of visual appearance and presentation.

Commonplace Chef Journal

Develop, Analyze, and Create Dishes just like the World’s Best Restaurants

Become an expert at analyzing, combining, and balancing the tastes, smells, and flavor profile of your favorite dishes. Learn how to break down meals into their fundamental parts, improve them, and recreate them in your own kitchen. Simply put, the Commonplace Chef’s Journal is the ultimate self-learning guide for aspiring Chefs who want a hands-on learning experience.

The Commonplace Chef’s Journal

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Commonplace Chefs Journal
Commonplace Chef Journal Cards

24 Chef Feedback Cards (Optional)
– Immediate Feedback Loops

Immediate reflection and public feedback are some of the most effective ways to develop a complex skill or create substantial improvements in any field. Each chef journal is designed to be used either while enjoying a meal or immediately after – providing the immediate feedback loop you need to deconstruct and improve each dish you eat or make. Each journal also comes with several dozen feedback cards to get candid, honest feedback from for the people eating your food. Overtime, these small insights and improvements are able to turn an average dish into perfection – something served by only the best restaurants and chefs.

Writing vs Typing

“When you have to use your energy to put those words down, you are more apt to make them count.” – Raymond Chandler

While digital tools are often easier and more convenient than pen and paper, the actual act of writing down thoughts, ideas, and information has been shown to drastically improve memory and understanding. Spend less time and money by using tools that work (if apps were effective you’d already be an expert).

Commonplace Chef

Inspired by the world’s greatest chefs and restauranteurs

We’ve taken the advice and best practices of top chefs from around the world to create a self-learning system designed to maximize your progress. The Commonplace Chef’s Journal is your personal guide to transforming from an amateur to professional chef in the simplest, easiest way possible. Ultimately, this journal is meant to be part of your daily routine – improving the way you taste and create food each and every day.

Alain Ducasse

Alain Ducasse

Global top ten chef at Louis XV – Monaco

Thomas Keller

Thomas Keller

World renown chef, French Laundry  – Napa Valley, CA

Paul Bucuse

Paul Bucuse

One of the most prominent “nouvelle cuisine” chefs

Jacques Pepin

Jacques Pepin

Celebrated chef, author, and classical teacher

Daniel Humm

Daniel Humm

Lead chef at “Eleven Madison Park” – USA

Seiji Yamamoto

Seiji Yamamoto

Head Chef at Nihon Ryori Ryugin – Japan

Heston Marc Blumenthal

Heston Marc Blumenthal

Head chef at “The Duck Fat” – United Kingdom

Julia Child

Julia Child

Author of “Mastering the Art of French Cooking”

Daniel Boulud

Daniel Boulud

NYC-based Michelin starred chef and restauranteur

Emeril Lagasse

Emeril Lagasse

French Portuguese American Restauranteur

Gordon Ramsay

Gordon Ramsay

One of the most celebrated chefs in the culinary industry

Marco Pierre White

Marco Pierre White

British celebrity chef – The Godfather of Modern Cuisine

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