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Generation Chef

Risking It All for a New American Dream
Narrated by: Cady McClain
Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
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Inside what life is really like for the new generation of professional cooks - a captivating tale of the make-or-break first year at a young chef's new restaurant.

For many young people, being a chef is as compelling a dream as being a rock star or professional athlete. Skill and creativity in the kitchen are more profitable than ever before, as cooks scramble to reach the top - but talent isn't enough. Today's chef needs the business savvy of a high-risk entrepreneur, determination, and big dose of luck.

The heart of Generation Chef is the story of Jonah Miller, who at age 24 attempts to fulfill a lifelong dream by opening the Basque restaurant Huertas in New York City, still the high-stakes center of the restaurant business for an ambitious young chef. Miller, a rising star who has been named to the 30-Under-30 list of both Forbes and Zagat, quits his job as a sous chef, creates a business plan, lines up investors, leases a space, hires a staff, and gets ready to put his reputation and his future on the line.

Journalist and food writer Karen Stabiner takes us inside Huertas's roller-coaster first year, but also provides insight into the challenging world a young chef faces today - the intense financial pressures, the overcrowded field of aspiring cooks, and the impact of reviews and social media, which can dictate who survives.

A fast-paced narrative filled with suspense, Generation Chef is a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at drive and passion in one of today's hottest professions.

©2016 Karen Stabiner (P)2016 Penguin Audio

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  • Steve
  • 17-11-16

Pretty good!

I would have given it a two more 5* but the story trailed off during the last could chapters. Overall, it was a great story, since I'm in the culinary industry, and I enjoyed the narration.

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  • bob carter
  • 23-10-17

incredibly revealing

this book was incredibly revealing about the struggles, sacrifices and realities of the joy and disappointments of the entreprenereal life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-12-16

very inspiring

this story was very inspiring to me as a young Chef as I navigate the changes that are happening in this industry from generation to generation