I decided to make cooking my career about 3 years ago. Throughout my life I have held a wide variety of jobs, but none really made me happy. I always felt really comfortable in the kitchen and figured, "You know what? Maybe out of everything out there, this is what I'm supposed to do."
Professionally, I felt like I was in a rut. I had only been cooking for a year and while I thought it was my passion and my calling, I was beginning to doubt myself. I needed something to make me believe in myself and reaffirm that I was meant to be a chef. I saw HELL’S KITCHEN as my trial by fire, a way to test my mettle.
My favorite experience was seeing the huge flaming “HK” for the first time. I am such a fan of the show that seeing those burning letters up close and personal was just amazing! And I don't think I'll ever make a better group of friends than the one I made in HELL’S KITCHEN.
Chef Ramsay taught me never to underestimate myself. Before I went into HELL’S KITCHEN I was unsure of what I could do in the kitchen. But after working under Chef Ramsay, I realized that I have a lot more talent and potential in this field than I thought.
My favorite dish to cook is a perfectly grilled piece of salmon. Maybe add some clams steamed in a white wine and sherry reduction… now I’m hungry!
I thoroughly enjoy chaos in the kitchen. I love to have many things going on at once. I find that I can concentrate so much more and just absorb everything that is going on. It's surprisingly calming for me when chaos breaks out.
Be positive that this is what you LOVE. Being a chef requires a lot of work and a lot of sacrifice; holidays, weekends, even spare time, you can kiss it almost all of it goodbye. But, if this truly is your life passion, then the looks of pure joy on a customer’s face as they eat something you have made for them is absolutely worthwhile and rewarding.