In the restaurant world this is the most important phrase that can make or break you during any service. As the excerpt from the legendary tell all culinary saga - Kitchen Confidential - states, mise en place literally translates to "everything in its place." This statement not only holds true in a professional kitchen, it carries over into the home kitchen, and many other aspects of daily life. Get a plan together, and then gather everything you're going to need to execute that plan. Regardless of prepping for a busy night on the line, preparing Coq Au Vin in your dutch oven at home, or getting ready to leave for a vacation trip with family, mise en place is your plan of attack - SET YOURSELF UP FOR SUCCESS.
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The moral of the story is to plan properly. That is all mise en place is when you boil it down (pun intended). Once you come up with that plan, gather EVERYTHING you need to execute it. If you like this post, drop a comment. We'd love to read about your own experiences with mise en place, both in the kitchen and life.