Updated: Oct 30, 2019
Welcome to the second installment where I explain everything that it takes to be a Chef in my eyes. This series will by no means be exhaustive, but I will certainly do my best. If you're a Chef and want to share your opinion I'd love to hear what you have to say. Aspiring Chefs: if you have questions feel free to reach out. I'm always looking for an excuse to talk food.
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In our first installment we covered passion and the huge part that it plays in the kitchen. Today we cover a commitment to quality. This time around we will only cover this from the aspects of your individual effort. Next week we will cover commitment to food quality.
This is definitely one of the most important qualities of a Chef, luckily if you have a passion for cooking then a commitment to quality should come naturally. That isn't to say its easy; keeping yourself to a high standard is anything but easy. When you're cooking your 300th item of a day, you realized that instead of using the Lemon aioli as the recipe calls for you used lime aioli; what will you do? It may seem easy to just look the other way and say "screw it, its close enough", but its not. Sure the guest might not realize it, chances are your co-workers are too busy to have seen what you had done, but the most important person will, you.
See commitment to quality is a very fickle thing. It can be loyal and carry you through the hard times relatively unscathed or if you look the other way it will chip away at your integrity until you don't recognize yourself anymore and you don't really know where your line is. Not only are you inviting poor quality into your daily habit, but you're inviting unsafe practices into your life as well. The People trust us with their food not just for quality, but with their lives. If you can do anything to keep them just a bit safer it is your obligation to do so, Period.
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