One of the most important techniques for a chef or cook is mastering Mise en Place. The term Mise en Place is not known to most folk but is crucial in the kitchen. The French phrase means 'having all ingredients and equipment in place' before the cooking process.
It's best to create a checklist of all ingredients before gathering them. Use your recipe as a guide to forming the Mise en Place. Although kitchens, chefs, cooks, and recipes are not the same, organization in the kitchen is one skill that helps create a beautiful delicious dish.