Beyond the money & position that would eventually come to a chef’s career life, we are all well aware of how challenging and hectic their jobs are, especially in the earlier stages of their career. To become a chef, one should be prepared physically as well as mentally to join the industry knowing the nature of stress their work demands.
Being a chef is a very tall order, and everyone knows it by now, but what usually goes unnoticed is how challenging it is to be married to one. Yes, we are talking about the wonderful life partners of chefs, who are their greatest support system to be the best at their games. Be it any profession, the support and understanding that you have with your spouse matters a lot when it comes to maintaining a successful career life. And, it is double the effort when your better half is a Chef.
A chef is someone who has to be in the kitchen round the clock whipping up delicious meals for his/her guests. It doesn’t matter whether it is a weekend or a holiday considering those are the times a chef is most wanted in the kitchen.
Being married to a chef means taking charge of the house completely, you have to get used to spending weekends and holidays alone with the rest of the family and friends, odd timings to see or communicate with your spouse, be ready to cook all the meals in spite of having a chef at home because they aren’t going to come home and cook after spending the whole day in the kitchen, try not to impress your chef spouse with your cooking skills as it’s difficult no matter how good your cooking skills are.
“My husband recently started working as a chef and till then I was used to seeing him after work and now that schedule has completely changed. Nowadays, we mostly communicate over the phone during his break time and most of the household responsibilities have also come onto my shoulders. Also, he never cooks at home unless he’s in a mood which is once in a blue moon”, says Shwetali Bhandare, Project Manager at ICCA when asked about her experience on being a chef’s life partner.
“It all sounds a little hectic in the beginning, but if you are ready to understand the effort the job demands then things will slowly settle in. For me, I know that he’s finally doing something he is passionate about, so I had already made up my mind when he took the decision of a career change. And trust me after all these compromises we both make, the time we get to spend with each other now is much more special and we together try to make it exceptional. I think this way you will never lose that spark in the marriage because you will not take “being together” for granted” she adds.
Before you get married to a chef, it’s good to know the actual truth behind all that glitz and glamour they show you on TV so that you understand the real nature of the job and be mentally prepared to make a wonderful life together.