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Having trained as a chef, worked the line, and now managing restaurants I feel a certain amount of responsibility to the professional cooking world. The life of a professional anything in a restaurant is not easy. There are long hours, typically 10 to 14, six or seven days per week and seventy to eighty hour weeks are common. The pay is not glamorous or extravagant. There may be plenty of six figure Food TV hosts but there are precious few six-figure Chefs.
Restaurants are tremendously difficult places to work in. That goes for FOH as well as BOH. Family life is almost non-existent and if you have children you rarely see them off to bed If you are married it can be rocky. The suicide rate may be highest among dentists but I’ll bet the divorce rate of restaurant professionals is off the charts. It takes a special person to be married to a restaurant professional.