Are you thinking About Training to Become a Chef? Find out what it’s really like working in the Catering Industry in Ireland.
1. Constant heat and noise can be stressful and make people short-tempered. Someone working in a kitchen for the first time can feel a mix of anything from nervousness to downright terror for their work colleagues during the initial learning spell. Don’t worry, this passes and soon you’ll forget you ever felt this way –that is until one day you catch the glance of fear the new Commis chef gives you.
2. Working in a Michelin-starred restaurant will default as your career goal. Working in those rare kitchens which produce small numbers at high prices is always fantastic, but you’ll come to realise that gaining knowledge in the art of translating complexity and quality to a good level of volume and profit will nearly always make you a more valuable professional.
3. You will have cuts, burns and open wounds on your hands and arms mostly all of the time. You’ll go from being slightly embarrassed about it to feeling like a total badass.
4. Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.
5. Don’t expect time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. Your kitchen team will come to need you more than your family do. In some cases you might even start to think of them AS your family.
6. You’ll either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.
7. It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or love ones cook.
8. Whether it be coffee, Red Bull or jellybabies, you will develop an addiction of some kind.
9. People will think that you must banquet like a king, but honestly you willnever prepare nice meals for yourself – you’ll be too tired and fed up of being in the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.
10. You will develop a macabre obsession with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a Pastry Chef.
11. Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.
12. Calling in sick for work is a moral lapse as clear and embarrassing as stealing from charity. It’s a matter of pride for chefs. At some point in your career you’ll see your Head Chef work the passe for ten hours so woozy they can barely stand. Unless you’re deathly bedridden, you’re expected to be there.
13. You will spend all of your money on cookbooks and speciality tools.
14. Your Mam will apologise every time she cooks for you.
15. Types of people you’d even never imagined talking to will become your closest friends.
16. You’ll develop KILLER leg muscles from standing 12 hours a day.
17. Crazy endorphin highs will hit you after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.
18. Your friends will joke that you’re a member of MI5 as you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints
19. If you are the right person, you’ll never ever dream of doing anything else.