Being aware of the amount of time and study it takes to become a chef, you really need to keep yourself motivated if you're going to complete your study with the credentials that you are hoping for.
As with all things that require much effort, sometimes you really have to talk yourself into continuing. If you can stick with it, you will be happy in the end. And you will be a chef. So in short, you need persistance.
• Can I Multi-Task?
You will often be required to do many things at once, so be prepared. As you will learn, working in a kitchen is a fast-paced environment. It certainly helps if you can keep up!
And it also requires you to be able to act with a clear head and decisive manner.
Most jobs require you to be able to do more than one thing at a time, but none so much as working as a chef. It can be quite frustrating at times, but very rewarding at others.
Multi-tasking is never more important than it is to those who wish to run their own establishment and kitchen. Keep reading if you really want to know what it takes to be a chef.
• Am I Good At Making Split Second Decisions?
When cooking more than one thing at once there is always room for a disaster. You need to be able to think quickly in order to avoid any complications.
Thinking on your feet is a necessity in working in a kitchen, as there is always something going on around you. In order to be fully functional, you'll need to be able to make decisions at the drop of a dime, (or at the drop of a hat if you're from Britain) and your decisions will have to be the right ones.
This may not sound very difficult, but you must consider that a kitchen is almost always filled with people and many things are cooking at the same time.
In this case, there is always a chance that something on the stove can go overlooked and begin to burn. A fire could break out with the simple misplacement of a dish towel, and confusion can easily erupt among the staff.
A quick, decisive chef will always try to keep everything running smoothly.
Think of it this way; unless the restaurant serves only one dish, you can have a great many items cooking at the same time, especially on a busy day.
As a chef, you are going to have to monitor everything that's being prepared and still keep up with your various other duties. To do this, you really will need to be a split second decision maker.
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