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 COOKING

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Cooking is the act of preparing food (whether one or several ingredients) for eating.

Popularity
Cooking is extremely popular, you only have to turn on the TV to witness this. This in turn feeds peoples desire to learn how to cook.

Location
At home in the kitchen or in a restaurant kitchen, or even outside on the barbecue/grill or even on an open fire. Cooking requires the ingredients, cooking pot/utensils and a heat source.

Age
People of all ages enjoy cooking and it is generally taught in schools.

Ability
The beauty of cooking is that you do not have to have any special ability, just the desire to produce an enjoyable meal or a cake or whatever it is you are cooking. The more you cook, the better you will be and you may want to experiment further.

Description
Humans are the only creatures on Earth that eat cooked food. All other creatures (except for domesticated animals) eat their food raw and unprocessed. Cooking is basically taking the raw ingredients and combining them, or using them on their own, placing them into a cooking pot and applying heat to them. Constraints on the success of cooking include the variability of ingredients (quality always counts), ambient conditions, tools and the skill of the individual doing the cooking.

Dedication
There are many cooking techniques which the cook can learn such as baking, boiling, frying, microwaving, roasting and grilling. Each technique has its own special method to achieve the end result. One of the most important techniques to learn in cooking is that of using the right ingredients and the correct amount of those ingredients. It is also essential to learn food storage techniques and hygiene routines to ensure that the final result is enjoyable for all.

Potential
From the humble domestic cook there are several avenues open to the enthusiast. Top chefs are well respected, can become TV personalities and run top restaurants.

Cost
The cost of ingredients and fuel for cooking are the main costs involved. Recipe books may be another cost concern to the cook during the learning phase.

Level of Demand
The table below shows the maximum levels of demand that this activity requires. NOTE: These are not entry levels or levels of requirement and has nothing to do with ability.

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