Ingredients for Success | Chef Satchel

November 05, 2016

Key to success in the Kitchen - Successful Chef

I’ve observed in my career, and noticed that the millennials are missing that drive and passion that is required to push through the initial phase of their kitchen career.

Sense of Urgency - Many cooks are missing the most vital pieces that help progress them in their career. This thought goes beyond being ready for service. It’s about accuracy and speed which means doing every task with utmost care and importance. It involves moving fast and with precision as cooking is an accumulation of many small tasks.  

Patience - The key to success in the kitchen! No one will tell you this, but being patience with the line cooks under you, can significantly change the attitude in the kitchen. We are always wanting to do everything in a rush, and get out the food as fast as possible. While this may be your only focus, what we forget to do is look at the bigger picture. The relationships we make among each other in the kitchen don’t happen overnight. We have to be patient with our colleagues’ flaws and imperfection. No one is perfect! People will make mistakes, cuss each other out, or even walk out during service. You have to have a sane mind where you practice being patience with all the chaos going around you.

Persistence- At times, you know exactly what it takes to be successful at what you do. Don’t let anyone drag you down for a mistake you made during service. Mistake is just another work for a learning opportunity. In fact the more mistakes you make, the more you will learn!  Mistakes give you a chance – a stepping stone to achieve the unachievable, and think the unthinkable. To be successful in this industry, you have to be creative. You have to be persistent at being creative. You have to keep pushing yourself out of your comfort zone to see how far you can go. Being persistent in you quality of work is essential to a great chef! My father always told me - believe in yourself and you will achieve greatness. 

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