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Do you love being a chef, but fear that your career in the kitchen might be unsustainable?

Although you accept that our work is demanding and that our hours are unsocial, the poor work-life balance has cost you:

— You have reached breaking-point: burnout has set in and something has got to change

— Your relationship has suffered and you are facing an ultimatum from your partner

— Your physical or mental health have declined: your body or your mind have delivered a wake-up call

— You have just joined the industry and are struggling to settle into the gruelling schedule

— Or you could suddenly be feeling a deep discontent when it comes to food and cooking

Something has got to change

You want to ensure that you have a sustainable career as a chef. That you enjoy fulfilling personal relationships and good health. Maybe along the way your challenge has affected your passion and purpose for the work you love.

But the ‘cheflife’ leaves you with little time and energy to fix the problem. You constantly feel pushed and pulled in multiple directions. When there is so much going on at work, you cannot help but put everything else on the back-burner. But the fact of the matter is that both your personal life and your work will be compromised if you do not take the steps to bring these aspects back into balance.

What you really need right now

Firstly, some breathing space. So you can step back and take stock of the situation. This will help you view the problem from a distance, see the bigger picture, and therefore, arrive at a better solution that supports both your work and your life outside it.

Unfortunately, this is where many chefs choose to quit their jobs or the industry itself in order to find that breathing space. But you do not have to give up the work you love in order to regain balance in your life. And it does not require complicated routines that add even more pressure to your already busy professional life.

You can be the architect of your #BetterCheflife

The #BetterCheflife Coaching programme is designed to give you that very breathing space to pause and regroup. We work together to review your circumstances, and find a way for you to create a more balanced life – setting you on the path towards a long, sustainable career as a chef. This programme is designed as a 3-month journey: a process to help you clarify and reaffirm your life and career values, delivered through a combination of 1-1 online sessions, regular check-ins and support. This is what you will get:

A 1-hour session* where we lay the groundwork for your #BetterCheflife

5 x follow-up sessions* to review your progress and resolve any challenges

A blueprint for your #BetterCheflife, broken down into simple action steps that you can easily implement, even while working in a busy kitchen

Regular support over the 3 months, so that you are not doing it all on your own

Recordings of our sessions, so you will always have access to what we have covered

— Ishwariya is a certified coach with industry experience, so your journey will be supported by someone who understands your challenge and is here to empower you to create the cheflife you aspire to lead

(*The sessions are conducted via Zoom)

“The session was very powerful and through the use of specific tools I was able to get a more holistic view on my life and reconnect with my values” – Marco R., London

How would you show up in the kitchen if you were living your #BetterCheflife?

#BetterCheflife Coaching is for those chefs and Hospitality Professionals who are not just passionate about their careers: they also recognise that in order to serve at the highest level, they can no longer afford to neglect the other aspects of their life. Here are the outcomes you can expect:

Clarity: With the help of a simple, but powerful tool, we will take a big-picture look at your life to identify what truly matters to you and also at what really needs your attention right now

Authenticity: Once you are clear on what is most important and what is most urgent, we will craft a blueprint that is your vision for your cheflife

Sovereignty: Together, we will brainstorm what actions you can take to realize that vision, starting with working to resolve the challenge you are facing 

Purpose: Expect to finish the journey with a renewed sense of what it means to serve as a chef/FOH professional.

This is the investment asked of you:

Your commitment to the process and to doing the work over the 3 months

— An investment of £125 per session (payment plans and sliding scale available upon enquiry)

“Working with Ishoo was a pleasure. I deeply appreciated her honesty, kindness and patience. During times where I would become worried, Ishoo would gently guide my focus back to the bigger picture. Her helpful reminders of my bigger vision provided me with calm. I am thankful to have worked with her” – Monique B., Los Angeles

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Sign up for an assessment session

If signing up for 1-1 coaching resonates with you, I invite you to book a complimentary 30-minute assessment session. We will get clear on your challenges and aspirations and determine whether coaching is the right fit for your current situation. Please get in touch via email if you have any questions regarding this service.

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“Ishwariya gave me lots of recommendations and tips to combat my issues, made me feel heard and understood! I felt much lighter after the consultation” – Megami M., Mumbai