A chef must have a highly refined and inventive sense of taste. He or she creates the menu items and often sets a price on them as well. Advancing this field can depend as much on limiting food costs and supervising the least qualified workers as it is on creating a memorable menu. To keep things running smoothly in a hot, noisy kitchen, chefs must be experts at multitasking.
Work is fast and losing a detail can result in wasted time and food, not to mention a dissatisfied customer. After talking to some of the most famous and successful chefs in the country, some common ground emerges when asked what advice they would give to chefs who are just starting their culinary careers. It takes many years to become a chef and there are many ways to become a chef. I feel like people want it too quickly.
We've worked with chefs to develop a list of the top 10 skills, which will help prepare you for a successful career as a chef.