Here’s What Chef’s Really Say

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.

Author: ajeanneinthekitchen

I have worked in the restaurant and catering industry for over 35 years. I attended 2 culinary schools in Southern California, and have a degree in culinary arts from the Southern California School of Culinary Arts, as well as a few other degrees in other areas. I love to cook and I love to feed people.

21 thoughts on “Here’s What Chef’s Really Say”

  1. I have read this is true of many professions that TV has glamorized. One of the professional blacksmith that Bruce follows says that the new blacksmiths don’t want to pay their dues. They don’t want to make what the customer wants, they just want to make what they want and then they expect it to sell at a high price.

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    1. We are just headed to SE Texas for a few days to visit with my mom’s family.

      They definitely do. I had a disgruntled employee try to sue me because i fired her for having a bad attitude. I was on the phone with the EEOC for for 1 1/2 hours, faxing over all the documentations I had on her. I NEVER heard back from that employee ever again.

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  2. I am a trained chef and it’s an industry and a career l really do not miss at all! Creating for yourself is brilliant – but on a commercial or even an elite level, there is no joy. I was in catering for a good many years as a youngster but as l got olderl realised that it was one of those most underpaid jobs going – becoming a celebrity chef is not an easy step and you have to be a really hard bastard to become one and most chefs don’t want that hassle. Just gettin paid decently is enough for many and well guess what? Yep, doesn’t often happen.


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