: a culinary process in which ingredients are prepared and organized (as in a restaurant kitchen) before cooking
Wash and chop vegetables the night before the party: Professionals call it mise en place; we call it making life easier.Glamour
Mise en place is the religion of all good line cooks.Anthony Bourdain
also : the set of ingredients prepared using this process
The class's combined mise en place would amount to thirty-six pounds of mirepoix, big bags of all the other minces, chops, and dices … Michael Ruhlman

Examples of mise en place in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To my left on a butcher block cart, the mise en place for savory rice pudding sits neatly. Eddie Lin, Los Angeles Times, 31 Aug. 2023 Hansen talks of the new system as a kind of mise en place for information—i.e. a place for everything, and everything in its place. Matt Crisara, Popular Mechanics, 18 July 2023 The smaller sizes are helpful for mise en place, or having all of your ingredients in place before cooking. Michelle Rostamian, Better Homes & Gardens, 3 May 2023 Employees arrive four hours before a restaurant opens to cut peppers, grate cheese, make guacamole, and generally do the mise en place—prepping ingredients for cooking the way a sit-down restaurant would. Phil Wahba, Fortune, 5 Apr. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from French, "setting in place, positioning"

First Known Use

1876, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mise en place was in 1876

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Cite this Entry

“Mise en place.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mise%20en%20place. Accessed 29 Nov. 2023.

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