- Joined Nov 17, 2009
I'm a culinary student with a little under a year left before I graduate. I go to my classes in the mornings and straight out of class, I go to work. I work for one of the top chefs at one of the top restaurants in my city. I'm grateful and proud of it because I know I'm ahead of my peers. The problem is..outside of school and work, there is no time to work on myself and my recipes. My lunch is cooked in school and my dinner is cooked at work. Those all being someone else recipes. At night before I sleep, I scour food blogs and spend hours before bed writing out my own recipes and creations. I have random loose notes and notebooks full of my own ideas that would fill up a small room. Problem is I have no time to execute those ideas from paper to actual product. I'm working under a great chef learning from him applying also what I learn from school. However, I feel all the great chefs are great because of their imagination. How do I build upon myself, my imagination, my creations by creating other people's creations? I know this is just how it is working your way up the brigade system. So my final question is: do I need to give up school or give up work so I can have time to work on myself? Thanks in advance.