Originally Posted by NhLineCook
See this worries me. Its the burnout rate which is experienced by the industry which I hope to avoid. I am keeping a journal of my enthusiasm I have right now. Writing about things I've discovered and experienced I've enjoyed. My goal is to revisit my journal when I burnout like so many Chef's do. Maybe the words of a young enthusiastic me will uplift my worn spirits and help me remember why I fell in love with cooking in the first place. It is just an idea I have, maybe it will work, maybe it wont, but its worth a shot.
I don't know if I would call it burnout. On the one hand I love cooking. I study it as a hobby, I do it for a living, I write about it, research it, and promote it. On the other hand almost no amount of wages or bennies could get me to work in front of a @#&%%$**! ticket machine ever again. Line cooking is awesome, behind the line is where every great chef is forged. But it's a proving ground, a stepping stone to bigger and better things. The line is for debutantes with its high stress high demands and low pay. Latter, the debutantes who don't burnout from the horrors of ticket machines and B@%#^* wait staff will find a way to do whatever it is they love about cooking easier and for more money and better quality of life.
What I love about cooking for a living is that it has allowed me to transcend social, political, economic and cultural barriers. I also love that a good cook and baker is never without work. I love how there is always always ALWAYS something new to learn - I learn stuff form "amateur home cooks" all the time, there are endless fields to break out into or specilize in. I love how you can do anything in this field; there are people who earn 70K just to taste chocolate, others who make their living just tasting cheese, you can have a nice nine-to-fiver eating out and then writing about your experiences, or you can open up a cart on paradise beach - the possibilities are endless. I love how once you get good enough at your specialty you no longer have to look for work because people are already looking for you. And I especially love that I don't have student loans to pay off - I got paid to learn my trade, I educated myself with books, and no one ever asks me for certificates and diplomas just for the right to apply. What other trade can you happily travel around the world as a self made man?