FOOD JOBS Workshop: Part One

International Association of Culinary Professionals

I’m honored to be invited to conduct a four-hour workshop on the topic of FOOD JOBS at the annual International Association of Culinary Professionals (IACP) in Portland, Oregon this week. Following the workshop, I’ll plan to share in more detail the core material along with several interesting questions from the workshop attendees.

I promise to post the information in small bites. (I don’t think you will want to sit still for the entire four hours!) Yet, in fact, I could boil down this first part–Part One–down to barely one minute, and four words…

The first word is ASK! If you don’t ask for what you want, the possibility of someone coming along and handing it to you is pretty close to zero.

The other three words are a variation on President Obama’s “YES WE CAN!”  You must say, (and mean it), “YES I WILL!”

In this context I want to urge to say to yourself, “Yes, I will make the decision to make a decision (about my job).” And, follow that commitment up by taking a constructive action.

Remember though: Action without vision leads to chaos. Vision without action results in paralysis.

That’s it in a nutshell!

You must become your own best friend. Unlike a cat, you have only one life. Don’t, through inaction, make it a half-life.

Kris Lloyd, Head Cheese Maker, Woodside Cheese Wrights, Australia

Here’s another thought… if you are yearning to become a cheese maker in Australia, or study with a chocolatier in Paris, don’t discuss your plans with anyone who loves you. They will surely throw cold water on your idea because they’ll want you to stay at home and not take a risk of any kind.

Imagine Christopher Columbus saying to Queen Isabella of Spain: “Queenie,” he says, “Will you give me three little ships so I can sail to America?” The Queen says, “Don’t be silly Chris, the earth is flat and you’ll probably sail off the edge. Besides, if you wait 600 years, you’ll be able to get a cheap flight to Miami.”