The Life of a Chef Being a chef today is very different than it was even just a decade ago. Chefs used to be invisible workhorses hiding behind a stove, churning out glorious dish after glorious dish without much recognition from their diners. Today that whole dynamic has changed. Chefs are the reason to go to a restaurant. They are celebrated like rock stars. They’ve even become household names. One thing that hasn’t changed in all this time is the life of a chef — and how very difficult it can be. Chefs work when everyone else is off. On their feet; without breaks; in a hot kitchen. The work is intense, fast-paced and demands perfection every time. Cuts and burns are expected. And yet, their career choice is now revered by many people who only wish they had the courage to devote their life to back-breaking long hours all in the name of good food. Ever wondered what it’s like making a living in a professional kitchen? It certainly isn’t as glamorous as television makes it appear, and yet… so many wouldn’t have it any other way. If you think that a chef’s life is full of cooking day in and day out, you may be surprised to learn what a typical day for a chef is actually like. Although a person who holds the job title of “cook” probably does spend most of each day simply cooking, a chef’s life involves much more than the culinary arts. If you’re wondering why this is the case, for you or someone you know, we’ll tell you: it is because chefs are better at life than the rest of us — despite the challenges they face — in so many ways.