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What are the top 3 traits or skills every chef must have to excel?

Can you suggest any tips or insights to develop your chef expertise?

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Nanfucket in West Palm Beach, Florida

64 months ago

1) Lead By example
2) Surround Yourself with as many people who are better than you at what they do, not what you do but what they do.
3) Learn the strength's and weaknesses of individual's. Then learn how to manage those trait's on an individual basis. Do not treat everyone the same, in front of other's yes...but ..? get it?

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CleverChef in Santa Ana, California

61 months ago

1) You must be able to humbley accept critisizm

2) The world does not revolve around you, it is a team effort.
The front end staff must believe and be proud of what they are serving.
You must have a close working relationship with the front end.

3) Love your staff

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Zac Parker in Austin, Texas

13 months ago

To become a highly qualified chef, it takes more than just many years of training and a lot of practice by experiencing things around the kitchen. There are must have 5 quality skills that every chef must possess:
1. Love to Food: Loving your job is the key to be being good at it, and for a chef that means loving food. True food lovers appreciate a wide variety of cuisines and are not afraid to try anything once.

2. Sensitive Palate: The ability to smell and taste food ingredients and foods at various stages of preparation is essential to the work of a chef.

3. Highly Organized: They must have strong time-management skills that reflects the quality of highly organized chef. A chef has to be prepared and have the kitchen set up so things all come together at the same time.

4. Creativity: Creativity is essential when it comes to food. Chef managers are used to working with limited ingredients to create amazing food, and the better you get at this, the greater the job security you'll have.

5. Leadership: Your team will put its best foot forward more often if members know where to step. This process creates a positive and stable work environment for the staff, and offers you better results from your culinary team.

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eagertofly in Belfast, United Kingdom

13 months ago

Nanfucket in West Palm Beach, Florida said: 1) Lead By example
2) Surround Yourself with as many people who are better than you at what they do, not what you do but what they do.
3) Learn the strength's and weaknesses of individual's. Then learn how to manage those trait's on an individual basis. Do not treat everyone the same, in front of other's yes...but ..? get it?

I love Number 2, this is true for every field and HR people ( I do part HR for my career) tend to forget this important fact. If one has great quality of people at one they do to work with then one has a better chance of shining :). Brilliant :).

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