For every person that put a negative reason why I shouldn't follow my dream I could think of two positives to cancel out the negatives. It's going to be hard and long hours, your not good enough. Every time anything like this was laid in front of me I always continued regardless.
I cook because its the reason I was put on this earth. I believe we all have a skill and should pursue it even if we have to make a few compromises along the way. I cook because it relaxes me and I can be completely at ease with a pot, pan and a knife - not always in that order. I've meet some very interesting characters along my journey who have taught me many skills in the kitchen and many more about myself. I bear a trade that can bring joy to someone's wedding cooking for hundreds of guests knowing that I will always be a part of someone's special day is a gift to me. I have the privilege to share the emotion and be at the party but not truly in it. At the same time I can cater for a wake and see it from a complete different angle. Empathy is another attribute you must bear in these challenging times.
Knowing what your customer wants comes from listening and listening is how we grow, learn and develop our skill. Whilst training I learnt both front of house and back of house skills. Whilst always being drawn to the kitchen I always had the chance to see the waiting side of things. This helped with understanding waiters/waitresses and how the two jobs united to achieve a service.
As a chef you will miss a lot but you will gain more with resilience. The industrial kitchen is a regimental team of talented chefs. It was once a family to me - we worked, lived and partied together. Whilst most of my school mates were following higher education and University I was working every hour under the sun. But every hour taught me the art of food , the passion within.
I will always cook and crave good food. The more I push my boundaries the more alive I feel. The adrenaline and euphoria held together will keep me putting my whites on for years to come.