mise en place
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mise en place(mēz äN pläs′)
n. pl. mises en place (mēz äN pläs′)
The arrangement and preparation of the ingredients and tools that a chef needs before starting to cook: "Small bowls appeared, the mise en place for the salad: chicken stripped from the carcass, minced celery, a bit of minced onion, mayonnaise, salt and pepper" (Jessica B. Harris).
[French, putting in place : mise, putting; see mise en scène + en, in + place, place (from Old French; see place).]
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mise en place(miz ɑ̃ plas)
(Cookery) (in a restaurant kitchen) the preparation of equipment and food before service begins
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