7 Difficulties every chef faces on a daily basis

While being a chef would seem like a glamorous and easy job to you, in reality, it is far away from it

A chef is responsible for all the food in a restaurant and if any single thing goes wrong with the food, he/she is the first person to be blamed for it all. Still think being a chef is easy?

Here are a few reasons which will show you why being a chef is not as easy as you think.

Maintaining a relationship

If you have decided to become a chef, then let me tell you straight up that all your personal relationships are doomed. You won’t have time for your family or friends anymore, let alone dating someone new.

When you are a chef you are always working and you rarely get any days off so when would you even get time to hang out with your folks or friends?

Being chef is hard and probably the hardest part about it is giving up all personal relationships for your dream of becoming a chef.

No holidays

This might seem a little harsh but it is true, you won’t get holidays. If you are just starting, it is even less likely that you can take any leaves.

There is always going to be tons of work in the kitchen, vegetables to chop and dishes to prepare and well you can’t just go about and take a leave in the middle of that now, can you?

So if you have planned to become a chef, make sure you know that you won’t be going for a trip or taking a casual leave for a long time to come.

Becoming a celebrity chef is hard

We all have seen a lot of celebrity chefs on TV and we aspire to become just like them but it is not easy. Most likely you won’t end up on TV and would be working in a shabby restaurant but don’t let that discourage you.

You are still doing what you love right? Someday, you will make it big but maybe it is just not today.

No sick days

You can’t get sick too. Yes, you heard me right. This profession doesn’t have time for a chef who gets sick and so, you better make sure that you remain healthy at all times.

You won’t be provided with any sick leave and chances are if you really do turn up sick, you might need to start looking for another job after it.

It’s more than just cooking

If you had some misconception about handling the kitchen duties from day one and cooking dishes and all from the start then let me burst your bubble right there.

Initially, you would be given a lot of small time jobs like chopping vegetables or slicing dishes, something small and inconsequential. Only after you build up trust and shown your competency will you be allowed anywhere near the actual cooking area.

Long working hours

I am being honest with you here, being a chef means working long hours. You might end up working 12 hours a day and every day you would be too tired to do anything else.

Basically, your personal life doesn’t exist and you will be always working during the other time. Sometimes you might end up working for more than 12 hours if you end up covering for someone else, so make sure you know what you are getting yourself into.

Sudden Health Department check ups

The constant threat of the health department doing their surprise checkup is really worrisome. You never know what they might find to indiscriminate your restaurant and you and well if you are the reason for getting a restaurant shut, you can say goodbye to your career as a chef, for good.

Here’s a short documentary on A chef’s life every newbie must watch

Increase profits, avoid these restaurant startup mistakes

Are you planning to start your own Restaurant? Starting a new business is not easy and if you are not careful, you could make a lot of mistakes due to inexperience. Here are 5 of the most common startup mistakes which you need to avoid:

Avoid picking the second choice Location

One of the biggest mistakes which you can make when starting a new restaurant is giving up on your first choice of location for the second choice just to save a little money on the rent.

A successful restaurant is all about the perfect location and this should never be compromised on. If your restaurant is situated in a good location, only then you will be able to gain customers and be able to keep them.

Your second best location might attract customers too but if you really want to make your restaurant successful, don’t compromise on the location.

You’re starting low on cash

Another frequent mistake which most amateur entrepreneurs do is that they start with less amount of money and don’t keep a buffer amount with themselves.

When you start a business, you need to invest in a lot of stuff to make your business successful and same is the case with restaurants.

Initially, you won’t earn a lot of profit so it is important that you start with a sufficient amount of capital. You might need to make several investments to get the best quality equipment and accessories for your restaurant and that would require money.

So don’t let your restaurant go bankrupt in the first few days itself, start with an adequate amount of money.

Expecting too much too quickly

If you think that your restaurant will earn you thousands of bucks on the first night, then I am sad to tell you but you have been duped.

Building a successful restaurant takes time and patience and it might take more than a month for you to start earning a sufficient amount of profit to make a difference in your account balance. So don’t make the mistake of thinking your restaurant will shine overnight, be patient.

Trying to satisfy everyone

One of the worst things you can do when opening a new restaurant is trying to please every god damn person who walks into your restaurant. Understand that not every one might like your restaurant theme and be okay with those people leaving.

There would be hundreds of people who would prefer your restaurant’s theme and environment and you need to focus on keeping them happy. If you try to incorporate everyone’s taste into your restaurant, you are more likely going to end up with a disastrous place.

Focusing too much on your taste

You must have in mind for a long time that when you open your own restaurant, you would set up this section or you would incorporate a particular theme or food item which you like but if you want to make your restaurant successful, you would need to get rid of all these notions.

Your main priority is to keep your customers interested and happy and for that, you need to research what people like in a restaurant. Once you have extensively researched on people’s taste and preferences, add it to your own restaurant and you will end up with a successful restaurant in no time at all.