Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Dream Job

Probably my favorite show on TV is Top Chef, and I have to say, in another life, I totally wish I were a chef.

I know it's kind of a shitty job. One thing I learned from Top Chef is that chefs don't get paid that much. (I figured it out when a chef won like $30K and was like, "OMG, that's more than I earn in a year!") And the hours have got to be rough, because they have to work at restaurants during dinnertime, when other people are, like, eating dinner.

But I really, genuinely love to cook. And I'm not great at it, but I get so much enjoyment out of it, as well as watching people (usually family) enjoy my food.

So I fantasize a lot about the future. When my kids are older, I'll take a good cooking class. When my kids are older, I'll start experimenting more with recipes online. I'll throw dinner parties. I'll start a little catering business on the side. I'll try out for Masterchef and win an apron.

I know this is all just fantasy though, for now. These days, I'm really proud of myself if I manage to cook anything, even if it originated in a box.


  1. Check out "dinner a love story"...they just came out with a book about making family dinner a thing with their kids

  2. I have a friend who went back to school to become a chef just because she wanted to. She works when she wants to because she is already trained in something else.

    Just a thought.

    I'm not a chef but I love looking up recipes and cooking good food for my family.

  3. And don't forget being at the wholesale market by 5am to get your provisions for the day, being on your feet for 17+ hours in a hot kitchen, plus the grime and grease and mess of a kitchen, not to mention dissatisfied diners and waiters with attitudes, etc. Probably the real money is in owning the restaurant(s)--but then you have all the headaches of a small business owner coupled with the grind of such hard work.

  4. I love how everyone I know wants to be a chef after watching food network shows.

  5. You made me laugh so damn hard today, reading this. Thanks for that.

    Happiness sparks creativity in the kitchen. You go girl.

  6. I'm a huge foodie. Sometimes I fantasize about being one of the guest judges on Iron Chef or Chopped- I would LOVE to try those bizarre dishes. I enjoy cooking immensely (and growing my own herbs) but not only am I short on time, I also have a fiancé who has the meal preferences of a 6 y/o so I don't get to make a lot of interesting meals anymore (I blame his mother).
    Have you ever checked out epicurious.com? It's one of my favorite recipe sites.