Posted by: Part-Time Audiophile | October 29, 2010

No, I Don’t Want To Be A Chef

I read this post by Anthony Bourdain on Ruhlman’s blog back in September and while it didn’t tell me anything I didn’t know, it did capture the feeling of not-quite frustration that I’ve had about career changing.

As I started to learn how to cook, and more, when I started taking all those classes at L’Academie de Cuisine, friends, family and colleagues have been pestering me about When I Am Going To Do It. Quit. Leave IT and go off and be a world-famous chef. I mean, I’m a cook now, so why not? Follow my dream! Be a chef! Live the life of glory and butter and bacon. So, okay, while I haven’t always thought this was a horrible idea, especially given how miserably bad my management is at my current job, I’ve never been seriously tempted. Why, you ask?

I’m too old.

It’s really not any more complicated than that. My knees are fine, but my back isn’t. Standing up for 8 hours a day is hard. More damning, I like being home on holidays. I also enjoy spending time with my family. And probably most importantly, I really like having money to be able to pay my bills. Being a chef — or more properly, a cook, since no one starts out being a chef — would pretty much eliminate all those pleasantries. Yes, perhaps I’d get real satisfaction out of my time at my job. Maybe. But it would break me, my family and my wallet to do it. And while that’s fine for a 20 year old who doesn’t know any better, for a guy like me, that’s just fucking stupid.

So, no, I’m not going to quit and be a chef. Instead, I’m taking quite a bit of satisfaction knowing that I eat better — at home — than all you folks do, even when you eat out. Ahem.

Just thought I’d share.


  1. Where were you going to be a chef or a cook and work 8 hours a day? I want to work there! Lol.
    Kudos to you for learning. You could always stage at nice restaurants on the weekends from time to time. Just call up, ask to speak with the chef and see if you can hang out in the kitchen one night. How much you want to participate while you’re there is kinda up to you.

    • An excellent point ….

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