I am the executive chef in charge of Las Vegas' most popular buffet serving over 4,000 people a day.
Day to Day
I oversee 124 cooks and 8 chefs that prepare hundreds of dishes for over 4,000 people every day. My alarm goes off at 3 am and I am in the kitchen by 4:30-5am. The first thing I do is walk the line and check to ensure that everything is clean. I check the product that has come in to ensure freshness and check-in with my chefs to make sure we have everything we need for the day. My day typically doesn't end until 7-8pm.
Skills & Qualities Beyond School
You have to react quickly and efficiently in order to get things done. You have to love this kind of work because you will be giving up holidays, coming into work early, and leaving late. This work is demanding, so be prepared. Know how to budget and have good financial sense. Knowledge of safety regulations and food quality.
Advice for Getting Started
Here's the first step for high school students
When it comes to cooking, school is important to a certain degree. Ultimately, it is about putting in the practice and having the passion to keep growing. Be dedicated to developing your skills over time and allowing it to become a part of who you are.