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Self Taught and Feeling Incompitent.

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Okay, so I am currently a Pastry Cook at a restaurant called Route 6 in Philadelphia (Steven Starr restaurant)

To give you a bit of background;

I was the night baker at Panera Bread for 2 years (ages 16 to 18)

Then I worked in the FOH at Georges Perriers Bakery

I ended up getting an apprenticeship with Perriers, and worked both at the Bakery and at Le Bec Fin for a year.

After the apprenticeship was over I got a job as the Pastry Chef at a place called Square 1682 and was there for a bout a year.


So, I just turned 21 a few days ago, but have already had a decent amount of kitchen experience.

However, I just find myself feeling.... almost incompetent sometimes, especially when I am working next to another chef or line cook.

I feel kind of clumsy and slow and..... inexperienced in comparison. Almost like I am kind of a joke and don't really know what I am doing, and honestly it feels really bad.


Does anyone else have this problem? Do you think it is just a confidence issue?

I could use some help from some fellow pastry people!


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Of course it's a confidence issue, though it may have some basis in reality (and that's okay!). 


If you feel that you are moving slowly or ineffeciently, observe those around you and decide which behaviors you want to adopt and which you don't.


When you're at home practice eyeballing amounts and then check how accurate you are using a scale or measuring cup, spend your down hours thinking about creative flavor combinations or plating ideas or even how to work cleaner/more organized.


No one started out knowing it all, no one dies knowing it all, we learn every day and strive to be better than we were the day before. We are artists, all different, all unique.


Relax, observe, learn, practice and create.

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In case you need a second opinion, I agree with laurenlulu. You are only 21. Give yourself some credit for what experience you have and cut yourself some slack for the experience you do not have. Never be embarrassed because you are learning. Those who decide not to learn are the ones who should be embarrassed. Keep going.  

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