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Do you still enjoy cooking after working?

When working in a kitchen all day, do you still enjoy cooking as a passion or hobby or do you grow sick of it after doing it everyday?
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Thank you comment icon Yes, I enjoy cooking after work- more so for others than myself. Aletha Harden

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James’s Answer

I am a Pastry Chef so I bake all day. It's my passion but after a really crazy day, I am ok with not cooking or baking at home! That being said it is my passion and even on my days off work, I find myself thinking about new ideas or trying new techniques or ideas.

I'd say it depends on the work day, but not wanting to cook after doing it all day doesn't say anything bad about a chef!
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Robert’s Answer

Hello, I have been in the restaurant business for over 25 years. I get asked this question often. My answer is always the same. From the time I was little growing up in an Italian house hold, I have always been fascinated by food. Watching my grandmothers, mom and aunt all being so passionate about cooking, and me having the benefits of getting to smell, taste and eat such delicious foods, is what drove me at a very young age to be curious and excited to be around food. Learning how food works, how foods are cooked in so may different ways, how to combined fresh ingredients and spices has always been and to this day is my biggest passion. I always tell everyone if you are not passionate to the core about food then this business is not for you, but if it is then the world is yours to learn. Food is forever changing and so are people’s taste. Remember to stay true to yourself first and be passionate about everything you make. May you all find your culinary palate. And remember to enjoy the journey.

Happy Eating,
Chef Robert
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Lettesha’s Answer

In the beginning I found it exteremely hard to still enjoy cooking after working very long hours but I realized no matter how tired I was that I still enjoyed cooking. Cooking isn't just a job or hobby but it is who I am. When I am cooking a meal it's done out of love and passion. Cooking has taught me so many things over the years but it has given me a purpose and vision to explore all areas of cooking. Creating meals for my family has given me an accomplishment I didn't think I could achieve, it has taught me think out side of the box and create food that will leave a imprint in the lives of others. When I learned to embrace my true passion for cooking it taught me that I can accomplish anything that I put my mind to do. I gave up the dead end jobs to forfill my passion for cooking. At the present moment I am a private chef as well as an author. Never give up on your dreams no matter how far away they may seem.

Lettesha recommends the following next steps:

Make simple goals that are within reach
Allow your passion to become a reality
Keep working on your passion, don't give up!!!!
Be determined to learn all that you can
Embrace who you are no matter what others think of you
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John’s Answer

Cooking is about passion and love. I enjoy cooking all the time whether it be at work, at home, or for family and friends. I understand the being tired and worn out is an understandable side effect to this profession. I just remind myself that my family and friends are customers just like the one you serve in a restaurant. Come on, how long does it take to make a nice breakfast for you spouse or partner? How long does it take to make cupcakes for your son's/daughter's birthday? Prepare an appetizer for a friends or family party? I will be honest with you the love and attention is worth the extra work.

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Linda’s Answer

I chose my work as a pastry chef after 25 years in a completely unrelated field, and went to culinary school. A pastry chef's mindset is detail-oriented with an over-arching desire to experiment and measure creatively. I call it the confluence of math, science and creativity. It is unique to a pastry chef, and uncommonly found on the culinary side.

Because of the strong research component associated with the pastry side of cooking, my interest in cooking extends well into my personal life. I find each dish challenging even (and often) in its simplicity. I love cooking at home. It's an extension of my professional work.
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David’s Answer

It kind of depends on the job. If you work 13 hours that day on your feet you don’t lose your passion but you most certainly will not want to cook when you are home. However, when I’ve had less strenuous jobs I love to come home and cook a good meal even if I have been cooking that day at work.
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Michael’s Answer

My mom had me in the kitchen at 3 1/2. Wanted to make sure I could cook more than Mac ‘n’ chz from a box and soup from a can.

Cooked my first dinner (pork roast) when mom had the flu (3 1/2yrs old)

Learned more as I grew up, went to college. Got first apt. Junior year. Started cooking for myself.
Watched cooking shows, read books, taught myself. Got first job in ‘88. Got first REAL job in ‘95.
Learned so much.
30 yrs later, yes I still love to cook at home. For my son, my family, friends, myself.
NEVER stop playing with your food! If you learn something EVERY DAY, no matter what you’re doing, it was a good day!
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Matthew’s Answer

I’ve always enjoyed cooking for others rather than cooking for myself. My enjoyment has always come from satisfying others through food. Even when you’re tired, if you’re passionate, it’s never too difficult to make great food.

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Christopher’s Answer

Hey Paul,

I do enjoy cooking after doing it for work when I get home. I cook for my family and I live in New Jersey where they have some of the most amazing farms and produce from May to October and I thoroughly enjoy using those foods because they are so flavorful. I also get my children involved in the process of cooking so they know how to cook as well. Hope this helps. Good luck!!!

Chris

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Terryl’s Answer

Comes and goes. I always live to cook but after long and consecutive shifts I’m pretty happy to let someone else cook

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Sara’s Answer

I still love to cook. I cook almost every day. I still am inspired by new flavors, experiences and healthy trends. I like to play in the kitchen. I cook after working all day. I did not cook after working all day when I was a young line cook and closing the kitchen. I still cooked on my days off though.

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William’s Answer

I do not have a simple answer to this! As a Chef I love cooking and I could never picture myself doing anything else professionally. There are many days after a long day of work cooking for others, where it means everything for someone else to cook for ME. People often think Chef's are super critical, however, the thought of someone else cooking for us is so meaningful for us. With that being said, when people are over my home of course I love to cook. So I guess in a way I mostly like cooking for others over just cooking for myself.

Hope that answers your question!
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Sebastian’s Answer

Yes
Thank you comment icon Hi Sebastian, it's great that you still enjoy cooking when you get home. What motivates you to do it after a long day in the kitchen? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
Thank you comment icon Yes, cooking is a great interesting thing that we can try to thinking what we want to eat, what we want to do. PHIL
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Jason’s Answer

I love cooking after work at home for my family. It’s very gratifying to serve my family after serving the public all day.

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JonVincent’s Answer

Of course! Being a Chef means tbat you have a God-given talent. When you are blessed eith that talent, you get to share it with the world!
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Scott’s Answer

I love to cook, any time any place it's my passion and it never gets old. It's best when I'm cooking for friends and family but I enjoy my creations as well
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carlos’s Answer

Yes