Does anyone here work in a kitchen professionally?

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Does anyone here work in a kitchen professionally?

M121212 M121212
So... I've been working in a kitchen since February on a professional level. A candy and chocolate kitchen, mind you, but a kitchen none the less. And I've found that I've had a serious decline in my desire to cook while I'm at home.

I'm wondering if anyone else has encountered this problem. I love to cook, but after spending my whole day in a kitchen and getting paid for it I really don't feel like cooking all that much.

Thus concludes my rant about this issue in my life. Thoughts? Inspirations? Recipes?
10/21/2011
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Peggi Peggi
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Originally posted by M121212
So... I've been working in a kitchen since February on a professional level. A candy and chocolate kitchen, mind you, but a kitchen none the less. And I've found that I've had a serious decline in my desire to cook while I'm at ...
No, but my boyfriend often questions why I am on Eden, because the computer isn't in the kitchen

Seriously though, a friend of mine works as a chef and he has the same problem. He is the one who cooks for the family, but after getting his current job he is just burned out on it at home! However, he does still love cooking at WORK! Not sure how that works out.
10/21/2011
domsub1993 domsub1993
My mom quit cooking once she started in the high school cafeteria. Now she NEVER cooks!
10/21/2011
Antipova Antipova
Hmmm... interesting how that happens! I always have a different hobby than my main job, too.

I don't know if I really count, because I was a bistro chef (so like, hot sandwiches, omelets, crepes, lefse wraps) but only on weekends and one evening a week during undergrad. I didn't find myself cooking any less... in the first place, the food I made at work wasn't super appealing to me. (Ok, so I still use that crepe batter recipe... )

But I think more importantly, my main motivation for cooking is to try new things, and challenge myself. I always have some 'grand theme' I'm working on for a few months at a time... when I was at the Bistro I was trying to perfect vegan cooking, and then later, my Indian food, at home. A year ago I spent almost the whole year on yeast breads... and now I've been dabbling in "classic American" (like historical American) cooking.

So, being a chef didn't burn me out on my little 'mini-quests'. But they're more a personal ... it's more to me than just cooking, it's a little challenge. An ever-present but not pressing topic to mull over while I'm en-route to somewhere and my mind is wandering, or I'm doing a task that takes more muscle than mind.



Plus also---it's easier to cook if you're living with people to cook for. At least for me, there's a little bit of service-joy in preparing a meal for people you care about.
10/21/2011
M121212 M121212
Quote:
Originally posted by Peggi
No, but my boyfriend often questions why I am on Eden, because the computer isn't in the kitchen

Seriously though, a friend of mine works as a chef and he has the same problem. He is the one who cooks for the family, but after getting ...
Yea, I love cooking at work too. I am 100% committed to it. A kitchen takes a lot of energy to maintain, organize and use well. It's almost like I put so much energy into the kitchen at work that when I get home I don't want to get into that whole other mess.

Lately I've been finding that I like getting a few really nice ingredients and cooking something uber simple with them.
10/21/2011
M121212 M121212
Quote:
Originally posted by Antipova
Hmmm... interesting how that happens! I always have a different hobby than my main job, too.

I don't know if I really count, because I was a bistro chef (so like, hot sandwiches, omelets, crepes, lefse wraps) but only on weekends and one ...
I totally hear you on the service-joy thing. For instance I still love cooking during the holidays when I know it's going to be eaten by a bunch of people that I love. I also really like collaboration in my home cooking. I've been considering changing my living situation so that I can live with a person or two who inspire me to cook more.

Yea, that really is part of it. I mean, part of why I love my job so much is that I work with wonderful people and together we are a team. So there's almost always someone there to bounce ideas off of or get a second opinion from. Hm...
10/21/2011
Iz Iz
I did work in a kitchen for a while. While I worked there I hated doing any type of cooking at home. I know exactly what you mean.
10/21/2011
Girly Girl Girly Girl
i don´t work in a kitchen i will like to have an husband that cooks so i will eat great everyday but me i haven´t
10/21/2011
namelesschaos namelesschaos
No, the closet is my food science class which was in a high school kitchen and my institutional food service class which was in my schools hospitality management kitchen.
10/21/2011
Kkay Kkay
I had a similar experience in the past when working in a kitchen-- it takes something that was a hobby and makes it an often-stressful job.
10/21/2011
married with children married with children
I used to work in kitchens, big kitchens with alot of cooks under me. I would still come home and cook. If you love cooking, and you cook for your job; here should be no reason why you would not cook at home. I find cooking to be a art form. You can do just about anything you want in the kitchen. I do not follow cookbooks very often, only when I am trying something new. Then I only use the recipe once, and change it to suit my taste from there on out. Most of the meals I cook at home, I just throw something together from my head. I wish I was still cooking in a kitchen. I loved doing it. But it did not pay enough to raise a family on, unless you wanted to travel or work in a resort town.
10/23/2011
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