mise en place

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mise en place (miz ɑ̃ plas)
 
n
(in a restaurant kitchen) the preparation of equipment and food before service begins

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Main Entry:  mise en place
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  in professional cooking, proper planning of equipment and ingredients for a food preparation and assembly station
Etymology:  French 'put in place'
Usage:  cooking
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