mise en place

or mise-en-place

[ mee-zahn-plos ]
/ mi zɑ̃ˈplɒs /
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noun French.

the gathering and preliminary preparation of the ingredients and equipment to be used in cooking or serving food: The chef started the mise en place for the curry: chopping tomatoes, cutting onions, and measuring spices.
the ingredients and equipment gathered and prepared before cooking: The dish is the perfect size for minced herbs and other mise-en-place you need within easy reach of the stove.



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Origin of mise en place

First recorded in 1860–65; French: literally, “a putting in place”
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British Dictionary definitions for mise en place

mise en place
/ French (miz ɑ̃ plas) /


(in a restaurant kitchen) the preparation of equipment and food before service begins
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