Now that we have all that cleared up.
What is a "Master Chef"?..........................................
I now remove my iron clad, teflon lined underpants and lay my cheeks bare, as I have done in the past with "Chef, "cook", and "professional".
I offer my definition of "master":
A "master" is a tradesperson who owns thier own business.
Master chef, master baker, master cabinet maker etc.
If you understand the guild system of old, you will understand the terminology.
In Europe, trades were apprenticed, (cooks being one of those trades) and apprenciships lasted anywhere from 3-7 years. The people who undertook apprentices weren't stupid, they knew they were training up thier competition, and it was the guilds who decided who could set up a shop in town and who couldn't. To set up a shop, a.k.a your own business, you had to have a certain amout of "pull" with the guilds,
I'm not much on the history of the States, but I do know for a fact that prior to 1776 only a cabinet maker could make cabinets. A joiner or carpenter could not use specific techniques like dovetails or mortises on furniture, nor could he make such furntiure. only repair it. Those who ignored the guild rules were dealt with by the English army. Unfortunately, the English placed more emphasis on other trades like metal and wood working than they did with cooking and baking.
Meh, N. America never did have a passion for apprenticeships. Send 'em to school and let the employes train them up deal with them.
I digress . I'm into my second week of December now, 12 hr days are the norm, but by the next week 16 hr days will be normal. Sundays are only 10 hrs.
Where were we?
A "Chef" is a term that your buddies call you when they want a day off?
When the waitresss wants a modifier for a high tippinig table?
When they culinary school you graduate from puts "Chef" on a 12 cent piece of paper?
When you can bang out 48 a'la catrte lunches singled handlly PLUS a 40 seater lunch party with just 10 minutes help from the dishwaher?
I dunno, I give up.