Hey, everyone! If you haven’t already, I invite you to grab a brew, get comfy, and join me on an exciting journey. In this first episode of “Cook to Chef: My Journey Vlog,” we’re diving headfirst into a new chapter of my life. I’ll be sharing my transition from being a joiner in the construction industry, specializing in double glazing, windows, doors, conservatories, and more, to pursuing my lifelong passion for cooking.
Transition to “I Call Myself Sanchez”
Not too long ago, I found myself at a crossroads. My entire working life had been dedicated to the construction trade, and while it had its merits, my heart was always in the kitchen. The idea of making a career out of my culinary passion struck me as I began to reevaluate my life choices. They say you should do what you love for a living, right? With that in mind, I set out to explore a world beyond construction and take the first steps into the culinary realm.
Enter “I Call Myself Sanchez,” a gourmet burger bar that beckoned me with its delectable offerings and the opportunity to fill in as a chef when their head chef, Kim, needed assistance. This venue, nestled in the heart of our local area, boasted a fantastic ambiance, surrounded by trendy watering holes. My meeting with Chris, the manager, and Kim, the head chef, felt serendipitous. They were in need of some culinary support, and I was eager to gain more experience. It was a match made in burger heaven.
Transition to “Linden Stores”
Just when I thought I had my culinary journey all figured out, fate had a few more surprises in store for me. As I scrolled through social media, I came across a post that sought potential venues for a new restaurant. The concept of fine dining wasn’t initially on my radar, as I’ve always had a penchant for street food and hearty family meals.
Questions I asked myself!
Now, let’s dive into some of the questions I asked about pursuing a career in the culinary world:
1. What qualifications do you need to be a chef?
- While formal qualifications can be beneficial, many chefs start with hands-on experience. Culinary school or apprenticeships are common paths, but your passion and dedication are equally important.
2. How long does it take to learn to be a chef?
- The journey varies, but it typically takes several years of training and experience to become a skilled chef. The learning never truly stops, as the culinary world is ever-evolving.
3. Is 40 too late to become a chef?
- It’s never too late to follow your passion. Many successful chefs started their culinary careers later in life. Your experience can be an asset.
4. How much do chefs get paid in the UK?
- Chef salaries vary widely based on factors like experience, location, and the type of establishment. On average, a commis chef might earn around £17,000 per year, while an executive chef could earn over £50,000.
5. What GCSEs does a chef need?
- While there are no specific GCSE requirements, good grades in subjects like English, math, and science can be advantageous. What’s most important is your dedication to learning the culinary arts.
6. Is it hard to be a chef?
- Being a chef can be challenging, with long hours and a fast-paced environment. However, for those passionate about cooking, it’s a rewarding and fulfilling career.
Documenting My Journey
I’m excited to document every step of my culinary journey in my YouTube series. Follow along as I share candid insights, celebrate the highs, and navigate the lows. Join me in this adventure, and I hope you enjoy the ride.