A Day in the Life of a Chef

Article featured in the November 2012 issue of After School Magazine.


It seems like Working Chef Russ Olden is always on the move—either shopping for tasty treats and interesting ingredients to include in his latest culinary masterpiece, or preparing a delicious meal made from scratch in front of a group of excited (and hungry) people. Chef Russ Olden has 42 years of experience under his belt, from working as an executive chef at Trader Vic’s in Beverly Hills to creating tantalizing dishes at Kitchen Kitchen in Indian Wells.

So,what does a typical day at work have in store for Chef Russ? In the morning, the Kitchen Kitchen chef overviews his menus and decides what kind of foods he wants to prepare for his diners. “I love being able to create something new every day,” says the chef. Since there is no specific menu already planned, he has the opportunity to cook any dish that he can imagine, whether it be a chocolaty dessert, a hardy chicken entrée, or a leafy green salad.

Next, Chef Russ must shop for the ingredients he wants to use in his meal. He scours grocery stores for unique and sometimes exotic foods that would make Remy from Ratatouille very pleased. Once Chef Russ has gathered all his ingredients, he prepares to cook his fabulous feast at the chef’s table. The chef’s table is where groups ranging from eight to eleven people get to sit down and watch as Chef Russ makes them a full course meal right before their very eyes kind of like watching a live version of The Food Network.

In addition to the chef’s table, there are several cooking classes offered at KitchenKitchen for kids and adults of all ages. Budding chefs will be able to make a variety of differentfoods such as homemade ice cream, cookies, and healthy snacks for veggie lovers. Chef Russ enjoys every second he spends in the kitchen because he is living out his passion. “We’re teaching [the public] something new and it’s never the same experience,” states Russ Olden. 

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