Personally I have been a chef for almost 12 years, when I was starting out i was quickly told what it takes to be a chef, long hours, hard work and little pay. I accepted that and knew my time will eventually come as did you.
It saddens me to see all these chefs today who are complaining about our industry, to many hours, little pay etc if you want better pay then go study something, if you want to have better hours then go work in a place that can give you 9-5 or study something! But if you want to produce good fresh food then you have to work hard for it.
Yes we are not in a high paid job and have to pay our bills but our training does not cost as much as it does to be a lawyer or an engineer. We are in a sector where we are busiest at the evening times and we relay on recommendations and nothing is certain, 1 bad review or bad practise can damage or close the restaurant down. We helped the industry the way it is today, 10-15 years ago not everyone could be a chef but today anyone can be a chef, good or bad.
The biggest thing what annoys me is that we have chefs who think they can consult and run kitchens but can’t run their own bloody kitchen at home, we have chefs who want to be famous before they can cook, we have chefs who don’t want to peel potatoes because it’s not cooking. How about you respect the process of preparation of a dish it teaches more than just peeling a potato, it teaches you time management, respect of the ingredients and also not to bloody over cook the potatoes. Some of these chefs are poisoning our future chefs and our trade. These chefs are the ones complaining about our trade, fallen out of love with the trade or simply stuck in a rut looking for a way out.
If you love what you do it’s not a job!
The next generation of chefs are all forgetting these fundamental skills to be a chef, a high volume of young chefs want to be head chef before they can manage themselves never mind a brigade. Yes everyone wants a dish on the menu its human nature and yes everyone wants to be paid what they deserve. If you turn up to work everyday changed and ready to start at your scheduled time, hard-working, honest and passionate then you are in the right direction because talent you can teach but you can not teach passion.
Don’t run before you can walk.
Hard work only pays off when it meets the right plan of action.