Chefs and cooks in restaurants generally have a few challenges that are specifically relating to the schedule of their job. The schedule is usually long days with few breaks and late nights, this has a pretty severe impact on their social life as well as maintaining a relationship with a partner.
Another big challenge is the drug and alcohol culture in kitchens, this is very prevalent across most kitchens, you should really be comfortable and confident in your ability to say no to peer pressure in this aspect so that you can stay healthy and aware of your work.
The pressure to go to culinary school is also a big challenge. I would suggest not going to culinary school and instead just start cooking in your kitchen and learning as much as you can at home, then look into a stage interview at a wide variety of restaurants in your area.
Sarah recommends the following next steps:
- Learn basic skills in a home kitchen
- Stage in a restaurant