Edited by Jeandre - 1/11/15 at 12:44pm
Michelin starred restaurants are a rarefied environment. They aren't for everyone, but they are not the end all and be all of the hospitality industry. There are plenty of restaurants doing top notch cuisine without Michelin stars.
You have the opportunity, I would say go for it. If it turns out that you don't think it is for you, so be it. At least then you will know and not be torn by regrets later if you don't at least try it.
I love driving sports cars fast, but I have no desire to drive at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. I enjoy sports cars but am quite happy doing it at the level that I do. I don't think any less of myself for it.
You- "I really want to make this work, but I fear I don't have what it takes."
“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”
Don't criticize yourself before you get started. Jump in and do it.
Y'know, I really don't understand why OP's come back in to a thread with several replies and remove their entire post.
It leaves the whole thread a confusing mess. If one doesn't like the responses, I suggest requesting the desired
response in the OP. Unless there's another reason of course-hard to guess with the blank field.
IIRC he named the restaurant he was at but thought better of it. Probably a wise idea to redact that part but removing the whole post was overkill.
I have done a lot traveling in my career, both nationally and internationally. In every locale, I have found the culinary community to be a small fish bowl environment, everybody knows everybody. Probably not best to express self doubts (even though it is very normal human reaction) in a public forum, especially if you just accepted a new position. I think it was probably a wise move on OP's part.