Where Have All the Cooks Gone?

Line Cook Thoughts, Niagara Falls, New York

“Your career is in food, not cooking.” These words, spoken by one of my mentors long ago, have always stuck with me, and became especially powerful and relevant around this time last year. 

What he said changed the way I viewed my career, as I realized I loved the business of food. Not just cooking, but also service, meeting with vendors, going over costs, and recipe development. I soon realized that if I wanted to...