The world’s best Chefs all share a set of skills that have helped drive them to success. Every Chef has a passion for creating stunning dishes, but it takes an acquired skill-set which makes them stand out from other Chefs. Patience and determination can get you there as well. Here are 5 skills that all successful Chefs have in common:
If you want to be at the top of your game then you already know that means putting in long, anti-social hours in a fast-paced, demanding environment. Whilst your friends may be out socialising, the chances are you’ll be working- and working hard. If you have the determination and stamina to get ahead, you’ll work through the back aches, sore feet and tiredness. As a new Chef, you’ll find yourself doing a lot of repetitive tasks until the Head Chef feels you’ve mastered them. You’ll be making the same cuts on steaks for what seems an eternity, but it will be worth it in the long run!
The best Chefs always have the best organisational skills. From making sure that their prep list is completed to a high standard to making sure that their kitchen is cleaned efficiently. Being organised is crucial to getting the job done well. Once you begin taking on a leadership role in a professional kitchen, you have to be ready to answer to your kitchen staff, to management & to customers. How effectively you allocate tasks, direct traffic flow during kitchen rushes and analyse food costs to make your menu more profitable determines how successful your operation will be. Knowing how to make impressive food is important, but so is being on top of employment laws, food safety regulations, and smart cost-cutting techniques in the kitchen and on paper.
The best Chefs know that to make a kitchen run efficiently, it takes an entire team to put in the effort. There’s a hierarchy in almost every kitchen to keep processes running efficiently, but intelligent Chefs know that shouting matches inspire fear at best. Respecting mentorship and guidance so that everyone can perform at optimum levels are key to a good kitchen- excellent food and a solid team. You want your team behind you all the way, and not having them disliking you.
Willing To Learn
Even the most talented Chefs know that to remain at the top of their game, they need to carry on learning, improving and refining their skills. They learn from their peers or from masters of certain techniques. They keep on top of new cuisines from other parts of the world and study the latest industry trends.
Without customers, you wouldn’t have a job. Successful Chefs know that to succeed, they must know how to handle customer complaints, even if that sometimes means just listening respectfully. They also know that there are lessons to be gained from even the smallest customer complaints. Keeping the skill set of a successful Chef in mind will help set you on a path to success. Add a dash of passion and you have the makes of a top Chef.
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