Daniela Soto-Innes has some sage advice from young chef and it involves asking some pertinent questions of yourself.
Entering the service industry as a chef is always tough and fraught with tough decisions, but the world’s best female chef, has some advice on how to deal with success and failure, stay true to yourself and move forward.
Taking to her Instagram account, Soto-Innes posted a very good advice for chefs starting out on their culinary journey. She claims that our successes and our failures do not define who we are, but rather, we need to ask us ourselves difficult questions, in order to find out what does.
"Through the course of my career," she writes, "I’ve always asked myself these questions at critical junctures:
"Who am I? Does what I’m doing align with my core values?
"What do I need to be happy? Will this action before me bring about any real satisfaction? What outcome, if any, will?"
"Though I haven’t settled on anything etched in stone, I have realized a few things.
"First I’ve realized something about who I am. Actually, who I am not. I am not my failure. I am not my success. To be a leader means to be able to greet both failure and success, knowing that they do not define you. Oftentimes chefs starting on their journey allow their first failure to consume them. And although it can be an important lesson, you’ll find that as time goes on and you have more successes and failures (hopefully more successes than failures), the importance of each will recede. These triumphs and defeats are not who you are."
"And finally, what should I do, or what action should I take? And this one is hard because as a chef you have not only a team relying on you, but the pressure of business partners as well, but also hard because there is no singular right answer, except if it aligns with the first question: WHO AM I?
"Each of those are very difficult questions to answer and I can’t say I’ve reached any final conclusion on any. But the important thing is to pose the questions rather than answering them definitively."