What are your happiest momments in your chef career?
Reading cookbooks? Finding the best ingredients or spices? Meeting people? Earning money? Eating your food?
Please tell me and share with us your happisest momments as a chef.
Yes, I love those moments when you know guests are well into their dinner and you hear their laughter in the dining room. It means they're satisfied, happy, and relaxed.
I am now a retired chef but I have great memories of getting lost in mountains of prep. I loved to see the fresh produce coming in, particularly fish. the sound of knives on boards, the aroma of lemon zest, thyme, garlic. The kitchen banter, singing and crude jokes. The ticking of prep lists and the cooking of meats. I could have my back to the whole kitchen and my nose and ears would tell me exactly what was going on. I would almost be in a state of meditation before the fast pace of service.
I now train and mentor chefs and love to see a talented chef create a stunning dish. You can take a chef out of the kitchen but you can't take the kitchen out of a chef.
you're only a douche if you know they are on that diet!
Quit Eyeballing them and you'll be fine.
It seems, at least in my area, that the 'diet' restriction phase is coming to an end... lets hope at least.
When the kitchen has so many dockets you've run out of rack for them and just stick them to the walls. Everyones focussed in together, completely tapped, foods flying out to customers, helping or getting a hand at that perfect time and eventually monstering the docket pile. That awesome energy of a clicked kitchen in a crazy service..
Some employers actually do that? I always thought that was an urban legend.
The end of a shift, knowing all the plates went out well with happy smiles all around - alas, dunnae get to see said smiles but we can imagine them, right?
Outside of the working environment, aye, cooking for others. Comparable to sex in the bedroom; it's best when you get to listen to the moans as it goes down ;)
Feeding the Governator and his response of " I"ll Be Back" was pretty cool as well as working a country club in L.A. during the 80s and meeting some of the celebs at that time! Time moves so quickly so just enjoy those moments in our station in life. Doug..
I'm new to the game. But my most memorable and happy moments in the kitchen have been that first time Chef bought me a beer--as part of the staff--for a job well done, and the first time Chef tried a dish I made on the fly and said "That's quite good."
Quite honestly though, my proudest and happiest moment was probably when Chef took a chance on me, someone with limited experience but a hard-working nature, and offered me a job.
I love this thread. I'm going to bookmark it for all the days I leave the kitchen and feel like I'm not good enough. I'll know I can be good enough if I am going to put in the work to be great though!