Re: So You Wanna Be a Chef — by Bourdain
Whats funny about this profession is people go to school thinking knowledge will produce a good living. I mean, no one goes to college thinking they'll be stocking shelves at Walmart after they graduate. Life lessons from people who lived through it are great. If I handed my Son a book of rules to follow for a happy and healthy life does anyone think he would read it and follow it. Everyone has to follow their own path and learn things the hard way. I'm sure more people will read this and say " I'm different, this isn't going to happen to me". Then these same people will make the mistakes Tony talks about. Then they'll say, Tony was closer to being right than being wrong.
The one thing he didn't say was that if you do navigate all these pitfalls you'll be rewarded with a very successful feeling. You'll also be rewarded with a high level of feeling of achievement and self-fulfillment. There is nothing else I've done in life that gave me a bigger sense of accomplishment. Being a Chef isn't an easy road to navigate successfully. There are so many obstacles along the way. Looking back at my travels through working in or owning 25 food services. I leave it with a good feeling and happy I took the journey.......pnwchef