If you love to eat, the chances are that you absolutely love to cook, stamping your own personal style among a range of dishes. When you go to a restaurant, do you ever envy the artistry on the plates when meals are served up? If you do, the chances are good that you should be a chef one day; even if you just love to cook for fun.
We’re expected to have ideas about what career that we want to do from a young age, but it’s totally fine if you choose being a chef as a career path later on. You can take as long as you want to choose what you want to do with your life, but if you’re a food lover, the food industry may be your calling. Are you still stuck as to whether it’s a good idea? Let’s take a look at five signs you should be a chef!
- You love experimenting with dishes. Cooking is science in some cases. For example, there are chefs who are creating foam that tastes like Christmas Dinner. Heston Blumenthal is a leader in molecular cooking and so many chefs are following suit. Experimentation in the kitchen is all about textures, tastes and image and if you love to experiment in the same way, it could be your calling.
- You don’t mind working long hours. Any chef will tell you all about the long hours you will work and the fact that being a chef isn’t a 9-5 job. You will find that no matter the area of the food industry that you work in will work more hours and mostly unsociable ones!
- You know how to manage your time. Cooking meals isn’t always a leisurely activity. You need to have an instinct for cooking, and chefs don’t work on one dish at a time. Chefs will work on a whole menu all at once, and that’s why they hire people to help them out. You need to have the best time management skills to keep a kitchen running.
- You are great with your hands. There is a lot going on in a kitchen and it’s a hands-on role to be a chef. Stoves, refrigerators and all other kitchen appliances are constantly being used while you’re cooking and when things go wrong, you need to be able to offer a quick fix. You can be great with your hands while you cook, but you also need to be great with your hands while you fix what needs fixing!
- You work well under pressure. Chefs deal with a lot of stress in their jobs, and if you can work under pressure and handle that stress – especially in a fast-paced environment, you’re going to do very well!
Being a chef is a very rewarding career, and it’s never a relaxed one. If you love food, you deserve to create your own dishes and sell them on. There is plenty of pressure to uphold the prestige of a restaurant and earn Michelin stars – so why not get on the path to winning yours today?Hi I'm glad your here! I love to cook, bake and try new recipes. I enjoy food photography and reviewing products. Hope you enjoy my recipes, thanks for visiting! Sheila