Gordon Ramsay’s Top Tips for Chefs
Gordon Ramsay’s Top Tips for Chefs
Scottish born international chef and restauranteur Gordon Ramsay’s restaurants have been awarded 16 Michelin Stars. Here are the top tips for chef he has for the success of any young aspiring chef in the kitchen.
GO AND GET KNOWLEDGE
For the first at least 10 years of the job, it is all about gaining knowledge. Don’t take the job for money as salaries for commis chefs and even chef de parties in many restaurants and hotels are renowned for being low. Knowledge is the passport to greater things and the money will come once you have truly begun to master your craft. Work for talented chefs who will pass their expertise on to you.
GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE
If you are still living at home in the comfort of your parents, move out and take the risk of moving to another town or international country to go after your dreams. Put yourself in the middle of opportunities to learn and grow from diverse experts. This will grow your confidence in the long run.
LEARN THE ART OF DELEGATION
If you don’t learn to delegate to others around you and work as part of your team you will burn out in the stressful environment of the professional kitchen. Also, don’t hold onto your knowledge. If you have learned skills in one area, pass them on to your team.
THE CUSTOMER IS KING
Without your customers you are nobody. From a chef’s point of view you always need to put yourself in the position of your customers and never lose sight of them if you are to become successful. Engage with your customers by going front of house and talking to them. Be open to feedback and constructive criticism at all times.
ESTABLISH CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF
Cooking is an amazing journey and you need to see it as a journey. Don’t think you can master it in 2 – 3 years. It will take at least 10 to 15 years if you immerse yourself in the world of cuisines. So be patient. Have vision and open-mindedness to learn new skills for example learning the French language as well as about French cuisine. In the long term these things will build your self-confidence as a chef and help you to successfully achieve a job as a head chef.
DON’T CUT CORNERS
The minute you start to cut corners and lose your attention to detail you are lost. It is one of the few jobs in the world where you can travel, earn money, and have amazing experiences anywhere in the world if you are dedicated.
STAY AHEAD OF THE COMPETITION
Never give up. There are 2 ways in this industry, either you move it or it moves you. Ramsay says he sees chefs who just give up and lose their hunger and therefore their competitive edge. Chef work is not a job, it’s a passion. Find a mentor or competitor who keeps you on your toes as a chef and pushes you to move forward and be innovative. Cooking gives you a huge canvas to play on. Having a restaurant next door to Jamie Oliver he says keeps him motivated to do better.
DON’T SHOOT TO HIGH
As a young chef wanting to open your own restaurant, Chef Gordon’s advice is don’t shoot too high. Restaurants that are starting out and that are successful look to their own vicinity. Don’t start reaching for stars and stripes but rather concentrate on your customer, because they are your biggest critics. Secondly, always keep it local. Be the best bistro in your local area, and then take it up a level from there.
HAVE SOME FUN
Your cooking career will be a journey… don’t forget to have some fun along the way. So those are Gordon’s top tips for chefs.
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