Above is the link I used to research the job description of a chef.
The main thing I looked at when searching this site, is the following list of general tasks that may be faced by the chef of a restaurant.
“An executive chef job involves many moving parts. The duties of an executive chef may include the following tasks:
0.Creating a menu
0.Deciding on a theme for a restaurant
0.Establishing and maintaining contacts with vendors
Overseeing customer relations”
When I think if chefs, I think of people dressed in white uniforms with a ridiculous mushroom-shaped hat adorning their heads. I think of people hard at work in the kitchen, trying to make dishes as fast as they can. I never really thought about tasks far beyond preparing food, but this list illustrates how some chefs are in charge of much more than that.
As I mentioned earlier, I have been interested in interior design for quite some time. If I had a restaurant, and had to decide on a theme for the interior of the establishment, I think that I would enjoy doing that, because the decisions I would need to make would reflect my interest in interior design.
I like being in control of things. Don’t get me wrong; I’m not one of those power-hungry persons that boss everyone around… most of the time. I guess I have a tendency to be bossy, but generally, when I am telling people what to do, I know what I’m talking about, and I do listen to the input of others as well. I am a good leader, and am often put into positions of leadership when others don’t want to make decisions, so I think I would do well with a managerial position.
I know I haven’t written anything about this, but I have thought about majoring in business in college, and working as an executive chef with a list of tasks such as the one above, it would be very helpful to have business skills. And since business is something that interests me, I think that I would like business-related aspects of being an executive chef.
There are however, some aspects of being an executive chef that I don’t think I would like very much. “Overseeing customer relations” for example, is something I wouldn’t like to do. I hate awkward confrontations; I am constantly analyzing situations to determine potential awkward confrontations, and at the same time, trying to figure out a way to avoid them. I wouldn’t like to deal with customers with complaints, but if I were in a position of power, such as an executive chef, I would most likely have to deal with rude people.
Another thing I wouldn’t like about being an executive chef is coming up with a menu. I’m not sure that I would be able to create my own dishes. I know that saying this may sound ridiculous now, because I have no formal training in culinary arts, but what if, after attending a culinary arts school, I still lack the creativity required to create delicious food?
If I were to go into a career involving culinary arts, I think that I would probably enjoy it, though I feel that it could be easy for a job such as an executive chef, to get old fairly quickly. I want a job that will keep me happy, and interested for as long as I work, and I’m not sure that being a chef would satisfy that desire.
So, as with most of the other occupations I have researched, this job doesn’t get a definite “no” or “yes,” but merely a “maybe.”