what are your happiest moments as a chef?

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  1. lightchef18

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    I have a very little experience in this field. However I felt so happy when my loved ones eat my food and say delicious! Or smile. I feel like living when they eat my food so happily. That's why I started cooking.

    What are your happiest momments in your chef career?

    Reading cookbooks? Finding the best ingredients or spices? Meeting people? Earning money? Eating your food?

    Please tell me and share with us your happisest momments as a chef.
     
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  2. pollopicu

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    I feel happiest 10-15 min. after the last plate has left the kitchen, and I know everything's going to be alright.
     
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  3. lightchef18

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    I know how it feels like. I love it.
     
  4. alaminute

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    Those serene quiet moments when I'm doing knife work with some perfect veg.,
    When I'm in the groove in the middle of service, two steps ahead of expo and everything just clicks.,
    When I'm fabricating or butching and I pull 8/9 portions from a PSMO/ see nothing but scales and bones from my fish.
    A flawless plate-up.
    I really love the positive nature of this thread.
     
  5. youngchefkarl

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    Going into the dining room(s) and seeing everybody happy. Also, greeting friends/regulars and even new customers and talking to them, getting feedback. Seeing empty plates come back. Etc.
     
  6. pollopicu

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    Yes, I love those moments when you know guests are well into their dinner and you hear their laughter in the dining room. It means they're satisfied, happy, and relaxed.
     
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  7. cheflayne

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    Having people that worked for me come back to visit and thank me me for all that I taught them. It doesn't get any better than that.
     
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  8. reddirt405

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    I enjoy seeing smiling customers. Getting good reviews and when coworkers are staring at my line when i cook for parties of 50+ and still somehow manage to keep my timing. I love the smells of fresh herbs on my cutting board.
     
  9. lagom

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    Im really smell influenced, so when im toasting nuts or spices, taking in some herbs or pulling the first batch of bread from the oven I always have a grin on my face.
     
  10. lightchef18

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    wow.. you must be a admirable chef. I want to experience that feeling. That would take more than 20 to 30 years...
     
  11. bazza

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    I am now a retired chef but I have great memories of getting lost in mountains of prep. I loved to see the fresh produce coming in, particularly fish. the sound of knives on boards, the aroma of lemon zest, thyme, garlic. The kitchen banter, singing and crude jokes. The ticking of prep lists and the cooking of meats. I could have my back to the whole kitchen and my nose and ears would tell me exactly what was going on. I would almost be in a state of meditation before the fast pace of service.

    I now train and mentor chefs and love to see a talented chef create a stunning dish. You can take a chef out of the kitchen but you can't take the kitchen out of a chef.
     
  12. vic cardenas

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    When customers gush over my food like it's the best thing they ever ate. 
     
  13. twinkle khanna

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    My happiest moment in my chef career was when I joined the job and realized that I have been given a big opportunity to prove myself as a good chef. My happiness doubled from the moments as started preparing internationally acclaimed dishes and recipes. 
     
  14. chefross

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    "You can take a chef out of the kitchen but you can't take the kitchen out of a chef."

    Great quote....one that I use all the time....so true so true.....
     
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    When I put a rack of fresh baked bread in the window to cool right in front of someone on Atkins at the counter... I'm a douchebag...
     
  16. michaelga

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    ROFL...

    you're only a douche if you know they are on that diet!

    Quit Eyeballing them and you'll be fine.

    It seems, at least in my area, that the 'diet' restriction phase is coming to an end... lets hope at least.
     
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    When the kitchen has so many dockets you've run out of rack for them and just stick them to the walls. Everyones focussed in together, completely tapped, foods flying out to customers, helping or getting a hand at that perfect time and eventually monstering the docket pile. That awesome energy of a clicked kitchen in a crazy service.. 
     
  18. wakeandcake

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    One. When i get burned by the deck oven and yell "AHH SHIT" really loud.
    Two. Making folds in focaccia dough. Bc its feels awesome......
     
  19. lightchef18

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    oh haha so funny. I like what you like there. How unique.
     
  20. vic cardenas

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    It's just a lull before the next diet fad hits... :-(