You’re used to making meals for your family day in and day out, and you realize the life of a professional chef may be the life for you. How do you know for sure that you can handle it? If you flaunt any of these qualities, it’s probable that you’ve got the chops to run the kitchen of a restaurant:
- Multitasker: Used to balancing multiple things at once? Making lunch for your kids while mentally reminding yourself what provisions you need to get at the grocery store? Perhaps you should think about making food in a professional kitchen, where several elements of several meals need to come together all at once, and you’re responsible for aptly communicating with the staff surrounding you.
- Decision-maker: It’s absurd to think you don’t have to make quick decisions on a daily basis. There are only so many hours in a day, hours in which you’re responsible for taking care of your family and yourself. Think you’ve mastered the art of making tough choices in limited periods of time? Then you can probably master the art of keeping your customers satisfied and operations running swiftly.
- Criticism Handler: If you’re often made to deal with petty complaints and long-winded advice with great patience, you enjoy an ability that many lack: you handle criticism well. Chefs tend to be the most attentive and tolerant people out there, learning from the feedback of their customers and knowing not to take it too personally.
- Team Player: Your life is hectic, but never lonely. Maybe you’re part of carpooling schedules, or have to make time each week to do things for others so you can rely on them to be there for you. Knowing how to coordinate and how to trust are two undeniably important qualities of a chef, given that they’re one segment of a larger food preparation team. They must also collaborate with wait staff and management.
- Passion: Though some days you just can’t get out of the house, you boast relentless ardor for what you do. You run the family, whether they notice it or not. If you’re ready to migrate out of the household and into the life of a chef, you won’t forget to bring that passion. If you’re eager to make the yummiest home cooked meals for your significant other and/or children, you’ll be eager enough to make them for paying customers.
Written By: C. Fassett