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- n. The preparations to cook, having the ingredients ready, such as cuts of meat, relishes, sauces, par-cooked items, spices, freshly chopped vegetables, and other components that are required for the menu and recipes ingredients measured out, washed, chopped and placed in individual bowls; and equipment such as spatulas and blenders prepared, and oven preheated.
- n. The preparation and layouts that are set up and used by line cooks at their stations in a commercial or restaurant kitchen.
From French, meaning "set in place." (Wiktionary)