ive never thought of myself as a teacher much and have never been 'taught to teach' so to speak. ... i can show people what i know, answer cookery questions and solve problems, do demonstrations, and pass on tricks and tips that i possess and know myself.
over the years i have been somewhat reluctant to share my knowledge about cooking with other people that i've worked with, this could be due to several things such as having a competative streak and a hunger and greed for want to possess the greatest knowledge; the general idea that chef's don't share their secrets; and out of fear that people will take knowledge and use it as if it were their own.
i used to laugh at commis when they tell me how they messed up their french onion soup for whatever reason and never really took the time to correct and explain to them where they went wrong and what they should have done instead. i wasn't trying to be an a**hole i just found it funny that they made an obvious mistake.
the stage i am at now is it is part of my job the training and development of chefs. it is more weight on the shoulders to be thinking about learning even more and progressing myself, while bringing up and helping others progress and develop too. having ambitions to be a good chef, i want to be a good inspiration to other chefs and this is something that i need to add to my job satisfaction.
ive worked in lots of kitchens and worked with and learnt from even more chefs, picking up and learning all sorts of things along the way ... not every chef knows how to pin-bone a side of salmon with a potato peeler!