Well, once again, I am trying to whittle away some of our leftovers. We are also going out of town for a few days, so I want to clean out the fridge as much as possible before we go, which means I haven’t been cooking as much again lately. So I thought I would leave you with some thoughts of what we “really” say say in the kitchen, behind closed doors and away from the public’s ear. Back when I was running professional kitchens, I used to tell my staff they could come into my office and yell, kick, scream, and do whatever they needed to do to vent. But as soon as they walked out those doors and were back with the public, they needed to be calm, cool and collected once again, and that smile needed to be ever present to the public, regardless of what was going on either privately or publicly. The public can never see us sweat. That smile to the public is part of your uniform and it needs to be worn daily, at all times and it needs to be worn with pride.
Today so many people think the Chef’s life is the glamorous life. Oh NO, NO , NO !!!!!!!! When working in a commercial kitchen, be prepared for LONG hours, and working NIGHTS, WEEKENDS, and HOLIDAYS. When your friends and families are out partying and enjoying themselves, you are behind a hot stove working your butt off. Colorful curse words and expletives are loud and abundant. The “F” word is one of our favorite words in the professional kitchen. Believe me, it is said A LOT!!!!! All of that, and more so than not, you are usually vastly underpaid too. You have to do it because you LOVE IT! Working in a kitchen and being a chef is either in your blood or it’s not. It is most definitely NOT for the faint of heart or the weak.
Sadly, I have worked with many people who fit this category.
Fortunately, I have worked with many people who fall into this category as well.
And believe me, I have made more than my share of mistakes.
So if you have any dreams of making it as a Professional Chef, you’ve got to work hard and surround yourself with great talent. You’ve got to pay your dues and make a lot of sacrifices. Be creative and dare to dream. And just maybe, if you are one of the lucky ones, you will make it to the top too. But you won’t get there if you don’t put in lots and of blood, sweat and tears. In order to make it, you’ve got to WANT it and you’ve got to EARN it, and even then, there is no guarantee.
Stay safe and stay well Everyone. ‘Til next time.