Mise en place (French pronunciation: [mi za ‘plas])
It's a French phrase that means to routinely and habitually arrange the ingredients and tools needed for cooking.
Now, there’s a chance that you’re reading this on an elevator or on your commute and thinking,
“What has gotten into Jason?! He wants to be a chef now?”
Here’s the part that’s easy to miss, mise en place is so much more than diced up garlic and onions. Mise en place is a way to describe the single most important trait of top performers: their habits.
I remember working in my parent's restaurant in Lagunitas, California called, "Le Printemps;" my step-dad taught me to "never put fire to pan until everything was lined up..."
Every chef in this Netflix show has an unrelenting commitment to standards, routines and habits. They are devoutly adherent to mise en place.
They call mise en place a “way of life” and say that it’s the art of slowing things down in order to speed up. When was the last time you brought that much attention to your work?