The answer is simple. Just have to start doing. It’s scary and when you first start you will be intimidated but we all were. I’ve been a chef for over 10 years and have worked in 11 total Michelin stars and every place is the same and the main tool you need is a strong work ethic. Everyone starts with zero knowledge and no understanding of how things work. But as long as your willing to work hard and be a student of the process, ni doubt you will crush it man!! Best part of the business is you control your path no one else’s does. YouTube can also teach you a lot on different cuts. Having superior knife skills separates the great from the good.
Adrian recommends the following next steps:
- Find a chef and follow them (Thomas Keller)
- Study them. Learn what they do
- Buy cook books and learn about chefs styles
- Cook at home anything
- Buy a cheap knife and train on different cuts
There are several different steps you can take to get your toes wet in the gastronomy world.
Alexis recommends the following next steps:
- Ask to “shadow” a chef for a day or more. You may want to ask to more that one. Most high end restaurants have a webpage where you can communicate with management directly.
- Follow great chefs in social media: this is a great way to also see the behind the scenes of many simultaneously ; Grant Achatz, Dan Barber, Thomas Keller, Virgilio Martinez, Alex Atala, Rene Redzepi,: This are just a few with great Instagram feeds
- Read some good chefs books: Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain, Kitchen misterios by Herve This, The Third Plate by Dan Barber.
- Put yourself out there: get an internship in a restaurant you love if you are able
- Expand your palate: try foods you have never tried before, go to ethnic restaurants that are new to you. Ask the owner questions about what do THEY recommend.
If you still love it after a few months talk to the chef/manager about learning more. Being a cook. Follow all those steps once you get to the line and beyond.
In my personal experience it’s all about starting, I’ve climb from country club to country club showing up on time and willing to learn. Start basic with a restaurant, a country club as a prep cook. Dishwasher, understand the concepts of a kitchen and why tee are so hard working and close as a team. It’s all important from the start of the cooking process, to when the dishwashers clean the plates and everything in between. Ask questions, read books, it won’t be easy but the end result will be amazing.
Joshua recommends the following next steps:
- Locate local restaurant
Zhiela recommends the following next steps:
- Apply to a kitchen you want to be a part of. Maybe because they believe in sustainable and organic farming. Or maybe because they are zero waste organization. Or maybe because of a michelin star chef. Or maybe because they are farm to fork kind of kitchen. Or just because.
- Be willing to start at any position.
- Show up.
- Show up.
- Learn. Learn anything. Learn everything. Open your mind. Be humble.
David recommends the following next steps:
- Eat Out as much as you can and ask questions
- Read cook books
- Build up your pantry, buy a good knife and learn how to keep it sharp, and cook at home. EXPERIMENT!!!