- Joined Jan 6, 2016
I am a 32 year old who has been in the culinary industry since I was 16. I was told by a mentor (whether good advice or not) that if I was not a head chef by the time I was 25 I would not make it. I believe a lot of this has to do with my personality and drive at the time I was told. Well, the month before my 25th birthday I was offered and Exec Chef position at a family owned restaurant and after 5 years moved on to make more money and run a large hotel. The hotel was a dream job but they worked me from 6am-12am at least six days a week and short staffed me like crazy. I went to the GM and begged for help with employees as their procedure was to have the HR director post ads etc. The FBD told me they lost ten people they never replaced when I showed up. Employees were drinking on the Job and it became so miserable I left after 6 months. They would cheat my employees out of hours on their checks, promise to give raises to keep employees there then take back the offer..After I left the hotel I took a job on Marthas Vineyard to run a seasonal restaurant and did so successfully for a season. Now, I am burnt. I do not enjoy being in the kitchen, I do not dream up new dishes, and have no goals except find a job that I like doing. So now I am completely fried and wish I knew what direction to go. I want to find a job that appreciates me, values my time and supports a creative side but It appears impossible to find. I am hoping that someone has some advice or experience going through what I am going through and found a way to get themselves out of it and how so. I began looking at getting HVAC certified or maybe even being an electrician. I realize I started young and took on big roles early, but as driven ambitious and in love with cooking as I was it felt naturally...this burn out, feels very unnatural. I saved enough and have been out of work for 3 months and still feel very bleh about cooking still. Any personal experiences or advice would be very helpful for me to analyze my situation for myself.