Author Christine Warner
and her latest release from Entangled Publishing
Bachelor's Special (Entangled Indulgence)
Saute, simmer, and flambé…
Jill Adgate wants three things from life: a successful catering business, the devoted love of an exceptional man, and a family. What she has is no job, a mounting pile of bills, and her outspoken best friend—who sets her up on a blind date with the man who inadvertently ruined Jill’s life.
Chet Castle is a prosperous businessman who has everything, except the ability to trust. Burned by a money-hungry fiancée, he refuses to get involved with any relationship that has a shelf life longer than a head of lettuce.
Intrigued by her ambition—and determined to get her in bed—Chet offers Jill the chance of a lifetime: Work for him for the next eight weeks as his live-in chef and he’ll help her get her catering business off the ground. When sparks fly in the kitchen, Jill realizes what’s cooking with her commitment-phobic employer is a recipe for disaster…but it’s just too tasty to not take a bite.
Her body hummed as his smile wavered. Although he wore sunglasses, she’d bet her last dollar his gaze swept across her chest, lingering on the betrayal of her pert nipples pushing against the fabric of her suit.
Until this moment, shyness had never been a trait she possessed. Air stalled in her lungs, her palms grew sweaty, and she itched to cover herself with a towel. Even though her replica vintage swimsuit hid more than most sets of women’s underwear, she felt too exposed. She turned to the side slightly and folded her legs up. Not that it helped, but it made her feel a bit less exposed. Chet slid his feet from his sandals, brushing a hand through his hair. The heat from the sun wasn’t the only thing scorching her skin. She trickled several droplets of water over her arms, but she couldn’t drag her focus from his toned flesh.
Jill soaked in his ripped abs and the obvious package of goodies covered by his brown swimsuit—the same sexy brown as his hair. Damn, did a man have a right to fill out a pair of swimming trunks like that? Flecks of hair, just enough to give him a manly appeal, covered the etched muscles of his long, tan legs. She licked her lips, hoping she could still speak.
“Do you want some privacy?” Yes, say yes. She needed an excuse to make an escape without coming off like someone desperate to be making an exit.
Hell no, he didn’t want privacy. Through the shield of his sunglasses, he inspected her body from the tips of her pink-painted toenails to the top of her brightly flowered swimming cap. Did people still actually wear those things?
“No, you look comfortable. Stay and enjoy the day.”
“Oh…are you sure?”
Amazed at his own ability to talk without his tongue hitting the cement, Chet turned to throw his towel and sunglasses on a nearby lounge chair. Damn.
The red and white polka-dot halter-style suit featured a tight bodice, but her slender hips and shapely thighs hiding beneath a matching skirt grabbed his attention until all oxygen left his blood. Even showing less skin than the average girl on the beach, she far exceeded sexy and alluring.
Get a grip, Castle. She’s off limits, no matter how delectable. He turned and stepped onto the diving board. He bounced along the surface as he made his way over the water. When he looked at Jill’s bathing cap covering her head, he held back his grin. The neon rubber flowers reminded him of something his grandmother would’ve worn, but there the similarity ended. Everything beneath that cap was far from making him think of Grandma.
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In my latest contemporary romance—Bachelor’s Special—released with the Indulgence line at Entangled Publishing my heroine Jill Adgate is a Sous Chef.
Jill has worked hard to earn her reputation and position in a predominantly male ruled world and her career is on track until the night a man enters her kitchen. Sparks fly and they share an unexpected kiss. That kiss changes Jill’s life forever—and that first change is she loses the coveted position as Sous Chef that she fought so hard to achieve.
A year later Jill is set up on a blind date by her best friend and is shocked speechless when she realizes her “blind date” is none other than Chet Castle—who is the man she shared a passionate lip-lock with and also the man who inadvertently started the downward spiral on her career and her life.
But, before I get sidetracked…do you know what a Sous Chef—in this case Jill Adgate—does in modern kitchen?
Basically she is considered third in command under the Executive Chef who reports to the General Manager and has the daunting task of managing two or more Chef de cuisines or Sous chefs. The Executive Chef is also responsible for the operation of two or more full time operating kitchens each with their own supervising chefs or sous chefs.
Second in command is the Chef de Cuisine who reports to the Property Manager - Food & Beverage Manager or Executive chef. The Chef de cuisine must be responsible for the day to day operation of a single commercial kitchen.
Next is the Sous Chef—the position Jill held. The Sous Chef has other accepted titles such as Executive Sous Chef or Senior Sous Chef depending on the size of the kitchen and if there is more than one Sous chef.
The Sous Chef’s inherited responsibility is to implement and will report to the Chef de Cuisine. Basicaly a Sous Chef is the enforcer of the Executive Chefs and Chef de Cuisines policies. They have an operational role with some supervisory responsibilities.
A Sous Chef is a role model to trainees and some of the areas they are in charge of besides food preparation and presenting are:
• Responsible for the day to day operation of a kitchen ("Executive Sous Chef " in multiple outlets)
• Implement budgets policies
• Implement chef’s policies
• Check deliveries
• Implement chefs’ food preparation policies
• Implement chefs’ food presentation policies
• Monitors hygiene practices
• Monitors legislative compliance
• Advises on potential menu items
• Prepares cooks
• Trains Kitchen Staff
• Monitors deliveries
That’s a lot of responsibility for one person—or even two. I think this gives you an idea of how strong Jill Adgate is. She might have gotten off track with that kiss, but in the end her strength will shine through.
I hope you enjoy the blurb and excerpt I’m sharing from Bachelor’s Special and in the comments I’d love to know what you think Jill’s Sous Chef position reveals about her personality.
Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her husband, three children, one laptop and a much loved assortment of furry friends. Besides laughing and a good round of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines. A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on Facebook, Twitter and her Website.
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