I’m 3 years old!
October 12th, 2018 marked the 3-year culinary anniversary beginning with my first day of culinary school.
Sometimes it seems like a lifetime ago and other times it makes me feel like a newbie. I have learned so much but I know there is so much more to learn. It’s been a lot of hard work, dedication, and sacrifices. I love cooking, creating, and the rush of dinner service. I love the sounds, the feel, and the smell of a working kitchen. Even when I am opening up on Sundays, just standing in the kitchen makes me feel good. Weird, right?
As I reflect on the last 3 years of my professional cooking career, I realize you really CAN do whatever you put your mind to. It’s just a matter of overcoming the fear of failure and the fear of success. (Yes, that’s a real thing.)
The fear of success is about reaching your goals but not knowing how to handle the achievement. It can still be a paralyzing thing like the fear of failure is; when it prevents you from reaching goals or even dreaming about your goals. I’ve suffered from this myself several times.
I’ve certainly had my failures in the kitchen and it’s important you do so you can learn from those mistakes and be a better (home) cook, chef, or restaurateur. It’s a living and breathing education you cannot deny, otherwise, you will close yourself off and things will become stale.
For me, I continue to learn by constantly discussing dishes, ingredients, and processes with my chef and coworkers. I read cookbooks, I watch specific types of cooking shows, and I also look at social media. It’s all about inspiration. If something is not inspiring you, is it worth it in the end?
I guess it depends on what you want out of food and cooking. While I LOVE the idea of fine dining and tasting menus, it’s not practical food for home cooking unless you’re putting on a dinner party. The food I create at work and at home are all about comfort. You’re feeding your family and your friends. Sure, you can make it look nice but if the flavor isn’t there then it’s not much of a dish right?
Joe Eats World was originally designed to be a place where I journaled and documented my culinary journey through school and beyond. Going to school full time and working full time made it very difficult to write. Spoiler alert, I am not a morning person and the 6 am classes were brutal for me. HA! Since then, Joe Eats World has evolved into a website that discusses food, recipes, travel, and a view into my life.
The recipes I post are recipes I have developed or am working on, or they are recipes I’ve made in the restaurants I’ve worked at (giving credit where credit is due of course). Either way, I thought it would be a great idea to share them with you.
I recognize my blog has evolved. I may talk, think, and feel food all day every day, but there needs to be a balance. That’s where travel and my journal come in. All of my passions in one spectacular location for you to stalk!
The purpose of this post was supposed to be an insight on my anniversary, where I started, and where I am currently. The point is, I went to school. I loved the education of it and I did all I could to learn and be the best I could be. I conquered that fear and it was successful for me. Now, I am “living the dream” as they say and still learning.
So, cheers and here’s to the future!
Also published on Medium.