Being a chef has shaped my life in many ways. I spent about ten years working as a pastry chef, and I worked hard. I love the marriage of creativity and science that is fine-dining pastry: the snap of perfectly tempered chocolate, the delicate wobble of a panna cotta, or rise of a soufflé in the oven. Much of being a pastry chef is problem-solving! When I was a teenager I decided that I wanted to work in a Michelin starred restaurant, and in my twenties, I did.
I sacrificed a lot to get to that point, and now I’m working hard to learn something completely different: programming!
I was learning web development in high school- not as part of a class but on my own. That was a while ago now; there were an awful lot of iframes and in-line CSS back then! I wanted to be a chef though, so I continued to pursue that as my career.
Chefs work long hours- starting at 8am, and finishing whenever the last plates go out- often not until after midnight. Breaks are dependent on business; if lunch service is quiet enough or finishes early enough you might get a break before getting ready for dinner service (though it may just be long enough to run down the road for a coffee!) I have worked many, many 16-hour shifts. A chef who works those hours or fewer for any less than five days a week is branded (only somewhat jokingly) a Part Timer, no matter the reason (health, family…sanity!)
After learning on my own for a while, I’ve taken the plunge and enrolled in higher education in order to transition to a career in tech. I’m currently pursuing two certificates (which will be used to move onto bigger, more exciting qualifications!) of course, I also have bills to pay, so my courses are being taken two or three at time- but that’s just me being a Part Timer!