The stereotype of the “stressed-out chef” exists for a reason. Professional kitchens are fast-paced, high-pressure environments. As a chef, It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind, but your personal health and well-being is just as important as your business.
Our passions are undeniable, but they should not come at such a high cost as our mental and physical health. Look at your daily checklist. In between making sure orders are placed on time, covering the latest call-out, mitigating safety risks and keeping customers and staff happy, have you included time to take care of yourself?
This matters. It should be high up on that list. Because, how can you effectively take care of your staff and your operations if you don’t take care of #YouFirst?
Sometimes the most simple action can make all the difference to our well-being. We’ve asked several chefs, leaders in the industry, to share practical tips on how they encourage self-care.
“In my free time I have a switch off policy – I turn off all those polluting notifications that you receive on your mobile and allow myself max 15 minutes of screentime during the day. I always say, if it is urgent the person can call me! That allows me to focus only on my day whether it is with family or friends. For my chefs I apply the same: if they are off I will not disturb them!”- Chef Gilles Perrin, Culinary Director, Renaissance Downtown Hotel, Dubai
“Sometimes it just takes looking at things in a different light, or from a different perspective. Start small. Go to the gym. Do little things that make you feel good about yourself. Make sure you’re on a routine. Get your hair cut regularly. Buy yourself a pair of shoes. You know, those small things really trigger something to make you feel good and you try and use those to continually make better decisions on a regular basis.” - Chef Jamie Knott, Saddle River Inn
“I usually start my day at the gym or at my favorite coffee shop. It gives me an opportunity to focus on myself, reflect and start my day with a positive state of mind. A good leader is one that leads by example, I very much believe in work-life balance. And I make sure I take time to do things for myself, like practice Krav Maga, see the opera or meditate.”- Naama Tamir, Co-Owner, Lighthouse, Brooklyn
“Take one minute to be silent and still. No distractions. Do it at least once a day. See where your thoughts go. See what you feel emotionally and physically. No judgment just listen to what’s inside your skin. What that is, is who you are. Remember that.” - Chef Rachel Muse, private chef
How do you put #YouFirst? How do you encourage the same among your staff? We’d love to know – send your tips to email@example.com.
Help us to spread the word? Use the hashtag #FairKitchens to share your story.
The Louisiana Restaurant Association (LRA) Bayou Chapter’s 7th annual interactive tasting event, “Bayou Culinary Showcase,” will be Wednesday, August 21, 2019 at Cypress Columns, 157 Tourist Drive, 5:30-9 p.m.
Presented by title sponsor Taco Bell, the Bayou Culinary Showcase is an event not to be missed. The public is invited to sample dishes from various LRA member restaurants and vote on their favorite to see who will receive the honor of the night, “People’s Choice Award.”
Guests will observe live cooking demos from Chef Logan Boudreaux of Cinclare Southern Bistro in Thibodaux, Chef Marshall Welsh of Chef John Folse Culinary Institute, and students from the local Lafourche Parish Career Center ProStart Program. Dishes will be served from numerous LRA member restaurants, including Malt ‘N Burger, Flanagan’s, Cavan, The Ground Pat’i, Cinclare Southern Bistro, Dominique’s Wine Boutique & Bistro, Alumni Grill, Big Mike’s BBQ Smokehouse, Golden Dragon, and more!
The evening will also include a live auction of coveted items, such as dinner for four at Restaurant R’evolution in New Orleans and an airboat tour with dinner for two at Spahr’s Seafood in Des Allemands. Guests will enjoy live music from the band, Jazmine.
“In Louisiana, good food is a way of life, and we’re fortunate to live in an area that is populated with so many authentic and tasty restaurants. We are grateful to continue this tradition of showcasing the best of the Bayou with our 7th annual family-friendly culinary showcase.”
A portion of the proceeds from the Bayou Culinary Showcase will benefit the LRA Education Foundation (LRAEF). The LRAEF, in turn, will use monies raised to further promote the restaurant industry as a career choice through its restaurant management and culinary arts program, ProStart®, offered at 55 high schools statewide, and three in the Bayou area. It will also enhance the restaurant community through expanded educational and career opportunities, including culinary and hospitality scholarships.
Thank you to our Bayou Culinary Showcase Sponsors—Title Sponsors: Taco Bell, Gold Sponsors: Ben E. Keith Company, Sysco and Doerle Food Services, Silver Sponsors: Spahr’s Seafood, Performance Foodservice—Caro, and Reinhart Foodservice.
The Bayou Culinary Showcase is open to the public. Partygoers can purchase a VIP Table of 10 (wine included) for $500. General admission tickets are $25 per person in advance and $35 at the door the night of the event. Tickets and VIP Tables can be purchased at www.LRA.org (Upcoming Events).
For more information, contact LRA Chapter Member Services Coordinator Britney Ford at firstname.lastname@example.org or (225) 240-7189.