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"The burned out Chef"

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I am sure we all experience it at one time or another no matter what we do for a living. As a Chef for over 20 years with some great successes and some really soul searching moments I have finally hit the moment of my life.... is my sanity and health worth the pressure of it all?

 

I was 36 when I was diagnosed with Lymphoma. Went through the whole chemo regimen and all that comes with it....the depression, why me, am I going to die, the sickness from the chemo and the consumption of the entire situation. One year later I was in remission. Okay, now I can focus again on my career again. Wrong! Eight months later the cancer came back" Here we go again!" The chemo and this time radiation on top of it. Once again....poor me! Six months later I was in remission for the second time and have been now for over 5 years. I should be grateful and thankful for beating this thing but I was consumed by anger and I guess what they call depression.

 

I didn't get cancer from being a chef. "Hell!....I should be ecstatic, I have been in remission for over five years" and cannot blame this for my recent burnout I am experiencing. I guess we all hit different chapters in our lives and question everything we do.

 

Maybe I am using the whole Cancer card as a way to do deal with my reasoning behind it all..."who knows!"

 

This post is not meant to be looking for sympathy or a pat on the back but a way for me to share I guess that if you hit that moment of burnout either change careers or find that passion again.

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I have never lost my passion for the craft of cooking. There have been times that I question whether I want to make my living doing it or not. I don't need to be paid in order to cook, I just need to be paid so that my bills get paid.

 

I was chef/owner of a restaurant for 12 years and there came a time when the answer finally became no

 

I didn't lose my passion for cooking, I just didn't want the life consuming position of being an owner. Problem solved, I no longer own an restaurant.

 

The passion is still there and burning. I still cook, at work, at home, and in my head. I don't think it will ever go away, but I am glad!

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I have finally hit the moment of my life.... is my sanity and health worth the pressure of it all? I guess we all hit different chapters in our lives and question everything we do.

If your health and sanity are being negatively impacted by any vocation, chef or brain surgeon, it's time to look at financially sustaining yourself in another job. A good chef works hard; very hard and without compromise. The work is mentally and physically taxing, if done well. If you are even questioning whether your job is detrimental to your health, it's time to move on.

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