Has also been keeping me sane.
My boss asked me once how I know how to do all the stuff that I do. Necessity is the mother of invention for one thing and not only that, I am a doer and a thinker. I’m also exceptionally smart and I work with my hands. I have yet to meet a Chef (including myself) who couldn’t at least “MacGyver” something to make it work until we could call in a professional. I’m also an artist. Life isn’t one dimensional to me and instead of being a princess and throwing my hands up in the air saying “OMFG THIS IS BROKEN SOMEONE COME FIX IT” My first thought that usually comes to mind is:
How can I fix/do this myself?
Being in a creative industry also helps. I use several forms of raw materials and turn them into something else. Sometimes they’re brilliant, sometimes they’re a total train wreck. However, I learn and keep on learning because I enjoy my independence and the ability to do things for me simply because I can. I do not relish in being helpless and weak (either mentally or physically) and will try just about anything once.
Including chocolate beer. Which was a mistake needless to say…
But I digress.
The best part of being a Chef?
Having one kick ass imagination!