There are no old Chefs. They just walk into the walk-in one day and never come out.....Only kidding, I think......Anyway, older Chefs really have it together. Young Chefs are running and searching, older Chefs are there...........Burn out can happen at anytime during our career. If it happens, find out where it leads. You maybe surprised where you will end up....The best..
I wound up in the restaurant life through a fortunate stroke of serendipity, which seems to be a recurring theme in my life.Burn out can happen at anytime during our career. If it happens, find out where it leads. You maybe surprised where you will end up
Hey Chef, I think you just did a great job explaining why we love and hate this business. I've seen great line cooks be promoted to Sous or Chef and then fail. Some of my best scratch cooks were older. They just wanted to cook.......The best description is controlled/ organized Chaos. You can't recreate that feeling in any other job. I loved the control chaos when I was in charge, didn't like it when someone else thought they had control.I wound up in the restaurant life through a fortunate stroke of serendipity, which seems to be a recurring theme in my life.
I burned out on my major and college in my fourth year after 12 straight quarters and took a break to go on a prolonged hiking/backpacking vacation in the Rocky Mountain National Park while I figured out what i wanted to do with my life.
I took a job as a dishwasher that offered room and board and enabled my backpacking addiction. I wound up being totally drawn in by the organized chaos and adrenaline rush of restaurant work like a moth to flame.
Fast forward 40 years, and I burned out on the hospitality industry. I went back to school and pursued information technology. After graduation, I worked in IT for a couple of years, but I missed the controlled chaos...so I am back to my flame.
I am working as a line cook...a damn good line cook. A dream line cook for my executive chef actually, she wants to clone me. I should be retired by now but I figure moving parts don't rust and it keeps me on my toes. Also being around younger people keeps me young and everybody is younger...even the 40/50 year olds are kids to me.
At this point in my life, I have no desire to work 40 hours a week and 50 weeks a year (or the way more of chef life)...so I don't. I work 2-3 days a week and take a week off every 2-3 months. I am in good place mentally and physically and way more relaxed than the younger driven me. I finally let go of the reins and let life; and it seems to be doing a good job...a much better job than I ever did running my life.
Who wooda thunk!
My passion, for inexplicable reasons, is restaurant line work. I am not sure if that makes me an argument for or against Darwinism! :~)