How well do you look after the tools of your trade, chef? You might be under the impression that I’m talking about your knife kit. But I’m not.

What you should honour on a daily basis are the things that life has gifted you to do your work: your body and the senses you rely on. How do you keep them sharp?

Getting as much rest as you can between shifts. Being conscious that a habit like smoking dulls both your tastebuds and your sense of smell. Trying to rest your eyes in between periods of intense concentration.

There are no judgements here. Only this comparison: in the same way you keep your knives sharp, looking after your tools is part of your commitment to your work.

Tools of the trade

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