Some days of the week I work in London’s financial centre, where everyone walks at nothing less than a brisk pace. You will also find a few hapless tourists, maps unfurled, looking completely disoriented. Being caught up in that forward-moving energy around them, it must be even more difficult for them to find their way.
For me, this is a metaphor for what it’s like to be working in a busy environment. Like the tourists, we can get caught up in the whirlwind of activity that is a kitchen, and pretty soon, we can also lose our sense of self-direction.
Like the tourists, that’s when you need to reconnect with your inner compass: locate where you are, and where you’re headed. So you don’t lose sight of any of your priorities in life, chef.