Are you allowed to cook without anyone watching you? I am very self-conscious and don't want anyone watching me.
As a chef, are you allowed to cook without anyone watching you. I am very self-conscious and don't want anyone watching me. Thanks for your answer.
I understand your situation, I am also shy and self conscious. That being said, in any kitchen you are under a lot of supervision in any role from dishwasher, prep cook, line cook, sous chef, chef. Everything is checked and tasted for quality and safety. The lower you are in the kitchen the more eyes there are on you. There are moments of freedom where someone is not looking at you directly working, but the chef and/or sous is always roaming to detect issues before they arise.
Cooking by yourself is a challenging thing to do, especially if you go to culinary school. However, if you are just looking to cook at a bar and grill you may find a small place where you need to cook by yourself. Having issues with self-consciousness is not something you can't overcome. Once you get the passion and pride to cook more, you should not worry about what others think. Just take a deep breath and think to yourself that you can overcome this self-consciousness and you should be able to do anything. But it takes practice, and it won't happen overnight. You could practice cooking for your family and friends this will help you build up confidence. You can do this Ashneel. Believe in yourself.
Retired Executive Chef Rob Mingus
As with many questions like this, the answer is "it depends". If you are a line cook, you are in a kitchen with other cooks, and being supervised by the head chef or kitchen manager. While they may not hover over you, they are in there with you, doing their own jobs, and rely on you doing yours. Some restaurants have an open kitchen, where guests can see the cooking going on.
If you have a small bakery, you may be the only person doing the work, so there will be nobody to watch you.
If you become a private chef, it may depend on your contract with your employer. You can try and say "you can't watch me cook", but that may limit your opportunities.