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WORK-LIFE BALANCE AS A CHEF, IS THERE SUCH A THING? | MY EXPERIENCE

THE STEREOTYPE As chefs we’ve heard it all... “Oh! You want to be a chef? Don’t go down that road”, “Ah, would you ever give up that job and look for one with normal hours”, “Why would anyone want to work that many hours?” Long working days and lack of personal time, are two...

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CHEF STORY: My Lockdown Experience

JANUARY 2020 In my case this is the month to take a breather, to get your head around what happened over the Christmas period. A time to organise your Christmas menus for next Christmas. A chance for the team to have a small break after a busy period and to get ready for the year ahead. ...

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Student Chef: The Mindful Kitchen Experience

Last week Sarah talked about the start of her chef journey. If you haven’t seen that yet, you can click here to read part 1 A BIT ABOUT ME Hi! I’m Sarah Mitchell, a 23-year-old, first-year culinary arts student at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus. I started my culinary arts journey a...

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Student Chef: Looking After My Mental Health

INTRODUCING MYSELF Hi! My name is Sarah Mitchell and I’m a 23-year-old, first-year culinary arts student at TU Dublin, Tallaght Campus. Cooking has always played a big role in my life. My mother was a chef in Intel before I came along and my grandmother, I would say is locally famous for...

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MIND FOOD - ARE YOU EATING WELL?

Right now, we are living a large part of our lives online. Reading and watching the news, getting social media updates, chatting with loved ones of Houseparty or Whats App; holding meetings with colleagues or learning online via ZOOM... Increasingly, we find our diversions online too -...

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The Modern Menu: Health and Wellness Centre Stage

THE MODERN MENU: HEALTH AND WELLNESS CENTRE STAGE A Chef's Perspective When I first started to cook professionally, over 30 years ago, healthy options on the menu were an afterthought, last in the pecking order of the food I was excited and eager about. What the customer wanted...

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The Mindful Kitchen

‘The Mindful Kitchen’ - The Potential of New Skills to Innovate Kitchen Culture and Futureproof the Chef Career! Denise Murray & Annette Sweeney While there have never been more food establishments and opportunities available for chefs, worldwide, chef numbers are in decline. ...

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Personal Wellbeing - DEALING WITH STRESS – PART 2

Personal Wellbeing - DEALING WITH STRESS – A two-part blogpost Stress is a normal part of everyday life, and, as we discussed in Part 1 , in and of itself – stress in small amounts, is not always bad, and is in fact a necessary function of life. However, not everyone experiences...

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Personal Wellbeing - DEALING WITH STRESS – PART 1

Chef Network is working on a range of initiatives that address ways that we can improve our industry. One area we are looking at is improving the health and wellness of chefs and later this year we will run a series of practical workshops on this topic. In the run-up, Wellness Coach Maria...

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POWERING DOWN & RECHARGING | Wellness in the Kitchen

Chef Network is working on a range of initiatives that address ways that we can improve our industry. One area we are looking at is improving the health and wellness of chefs and later this year we will run a series of practical workshops on this topic. In the run-up, Wellness Coach Maria...

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