Getting Chef work in London is surprisingly easy. Numerous agencies are ready to sign you up and make commission on the back of your hard work, or you can take the option of freelance work. Perhaps you want to get a regular full-time job with all the perks that they offer? Here I'll explain some of the options London offers chefs looking to work. I'll also detail what path … [Read more...]
Blog posts on the world of chefs. Being a professional chef, becoming a professional cef and what is a chef's life actually like? Working in top hotels and resorts in the UK and Australia and travelling the world as a chef, sampling cuisines and testing restaurants, a chef's eye view of the world.
Have you ever wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes in 5-star kitchens? I've worked in many, on two continents, for 20 years+. I was executive ( head) chef of one, before I quit to travel more, work less. Here are a few things that may surprise you about a chef's working life, the secret life of chefs. I can't spill the beans too much, I still may need a job, … [Read more...]
How to become a chef? When I started in the food industry there was really only one way. Becoming a chef was straightforward and held fewer options than are available today. An apprenticeship involving on-the-job training plus Tafe/College. In Australia the apprenticeship lasted from 3-4 years, starting at 18 or 16, and gave you a great grounding in hospitality and … [Read more...]
I am a chef. I've been travelling and semi-location independent for over 3 years. During that time my wife, kids and I have visited 5 continents, 40+ countries and spent more time together than any chef family I know. I've not missed a Christmas and that's a big deal. We've found a new way of living with a better balance of work less and travel more as a motto. In part we … [Read more...]
A quick call from the hotel general manager informs me that in two days time I have another chef master class to conduct. Not much notice, but I love conducting cooking classes with hotel or local guests. Being able to share all those trade secrets and watching as people realise that it isn't quite as hard as they thought, is incredibly rewarding. But there is … [Read more...]
People always take pity on a chef on Valentine's day. We have to work, it's sad. But it isn't nearly so simple. I find there are two types of chef, the ones who need the night off and those that don't really care. A Chef on Valentine's Day Who Needs The Night Off. These chefs are the ones who need to really save up brownie points and good will so that they can have … [Read more...]
Have you ever experienced a restaurant meal so bad you refused to pay for dinner? Last night was the first time that I have refused to pay for dinner. That's not to say it was the first bad meal I have eaten, but it was the first time I dug my heels in and said enough is enough. Which is how I found myself sitting at a table for four in the middle of a restaurant … [Read more...]