Making it Big in the Restaurant Business

All of my friends and family know that I love cooking. Several have asked why don’t I change professions and open up my own restaurant. First off, no. Secondly, double no.

While I have never worked in a restaurant, I know that the work is hard, the money is not great and you are working when everyone else is having fun (evenings and weekends). I am very thankful for those who do follow that route.

There are a number of restaurant chefs that have made it big, though. Think of all those Food Network stars and culinary gods and most, if not all of them, started in a restaurant.

A Culinary Programs blog form 2102 identifies the meager starts of 15 of the wealthiest celebrity chefs and how they got there. I won’t recap all of them here but there were some interesting items such as Bobby Flay dropping out of high school, Paula Deen suffering from panic attacks and not even able to leave her house and Wolfgang Puck having an estimated net worth of $400 million.

Check it out here.

Marmalade Pork Chops

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The marmalade adds a rich flavor to these chops.

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I had purchased a multi-pack of chops and these were the remainders.

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Spice the chops.

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And fry them.

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With the sauce.

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Marmalade Pork Chops

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 12 mins | Servings: 4 servings (serving size: 1 chop and about 1 1/2 tablespoons sauce) 


1 teaspoon olive oil
Cooking spray
4 (4-ounce) lean boneless pork loin chops, trimmed
2 teaspoons lemon pepper seasoning
2 tablespoons cider vinegar
1/4 cup low-sugar orange marmalade


1. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray over medium-high heat. Sprinkle chops on both sides with lemon pepper seasoning; add chops to pan, and cook 5 minutes on each side or until done. Remove from pan, and keep warm.

2. Add vinegar to pan; stir in marmalade. Return chops to pan, turning once to coat; cook 1 minute or until thoroughly heated. Serve immediately.


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Categories: Fried, Fruit 2, Main Dish 3, Pork2, Recipes

Author:The Ranting Chef

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One Comment on “Making it Big in the Restaurant Business”

  1. November 6, 2015 at 11:27 am #

    Very cool stories about the chefs…thank you
    for sharing! And I am with you on the answer to
    owning a restaurant, NO! Have a lovely weekend!


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