How To Stay Motivated

How To Stay Motivated

Working in a kitchen is hard work and involves long hours, so what can you do to stay motivated and inspired day in, day out, especially if you are stuck on the same station every day? 

Staying up to date with what is going on in the culinary world, including researching any current or upcoming trends, is a great way to pick up new ideas and inspiration. 

‘You can always better what you do on a daily basis,’ says Claire Clark MBE, previously Head Pastry Chef at The French Laundry, and now head of The Claire Clark Academy. ‘Look for ways to improve what you are already doing. This could be time management, a new garnish for an old dish, or inspiring others by sharing the knowledge of your station with others, which encourages communication and opens up new possibilities.’ 

Another great way to stay motivated is to give yourself personal challenges. Whilst it’s important to take pride in achieving consistency, try to find a way to perform each task more quickly than the day before, but at the same time complete it in a sharper and cleaner manner too. Speed plus accuracy are the foundations of a great cook. If you are on the same section for a long time, then see it as an opportunity to nail speed and accuracy. This will also help to create more time in your day, time that can be used to look at what others are doing and learn from it, things that will enhance your skillset and could potentially help you to progress your career. 

Stay keen, positive, and always show your willingness to work, as this will get you noticed, possibly moved to another section, and maybe even promoted. Ask to help others when your own tasks are done and try to gain as much from others as possible, including front of house, so that you get a real understanding of how the business works. Remember, there is a world outside of your own station!