If you have ever wondered about what makes a chef great, or perhaps if you have what it takes to be a great chef, please keep reading. Although it is true that there are a wide variety of men and women at the top of the culinary world, and on the surface, it would seem that they have little in common, the fact is that there are certain characteristics they share in common. The following are three of the most important.
They are honest about their own cooking
Great chefs are their own worst critic; they’re not easily satisfied with their creations.
While others may praise them for a dish they made, if there is even the slightest problem with it, they will see it. The next time they make the dish, they remember their previous mistake and will try to improve their technique or use of an ingredient. A top chef is always striving for perfection in their cooking.
They are enormously creative
While there are many chefs who can be considered good, much of this is because they have mastered good techniques, and then are able to follow popular recipes. A top chef is someone who is able to bend or even break traditions in cooking, but does so with astonishing results. Often, this is due to the path they took in becoming a great chef. Regardless of where they learned to cook, they have learned by doing as well as observing. They are able to discard culinary ideas and techniques they dislike and absorb that which they do like. In time, the result is a top chef that stands out from the others.
They have a passion for cooking
Although this is a common ingredient for success in other areas of life, in the field of the culinary arts, it is pronounced. Every top chef that has ever lived has an overwhelming passion for cooking that follows them throughout his or her entire life. It is a part of each day that they live. Even on days when they are not cooking, they are thinking about food and how best to prepare it.
Naturally, chefs with the above qualities quickly gain a reputation and a following among people who enjoy fine food and dining. Many of these chefs become known on a national level. There are many examples, and you probably can name several yourself. One name that stands out as an example is Tim Love, a top chef who gained initial fame out of Texas.