There has been no detailed exploration as to what personality traits will make a successful chef. However, it is very possible that successful chefs might be ENTJ personality types. ENTJ’s, otherwise known as ‘the commander’, are motivated and assertive. They take charge, and pave ways for others (e.g., line cooks or sous chefs) to follow. They are ambitious and decisive, which is ideal for planning high quality menus. They can spot inefficiency and they work tirelessly to achieve their goals and high standards. All of these qualities are crucial for being successful as a chef, who need to lead a team of kitchen staff and ensure that the food produced is done so to the highest standard.
Accomplishment and mastery
Chefs spend a long time learning and perfecting their skills. Therefore, when they reach the level of chef, they will feel accomplished. Chefs will continue, throughout their career, to perfect and develop their skills, providing a sense of mastery. What is more, is that when chefs find amazing recipes and get amazing feedback on their food, they will feel accomplished and fulfilled.
Meaning and contribution
The work of a chef has huge meaning and contribution to the food and beverage industry. Without them, the industry would not be able to thrive, as it does so well. However, the work of a chef is not greatly meaningful to the lives of those who are struggling. Therefore, if you are truly passionate about helping those in need, and want a career that does this, you may find the work completely lacks meaning and contribution.
Many chefs work full time, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Typically, chefs work more than 40 hours a week. This means it can provide a difficult life fit, especially for those who have a family.
Who will thrive in this career?
In order to thrive, and not just survive, as a chef you must be creative. This, along with the ability to think outside the box, will allow you to create unique, interesting and exciting menus. Chefs must also be able to pay attention to detail, as when creating food every ingredient needs to be checked and allergens and special requests need to be observed. The key to being a successful chef really is individuality, skill and quality assurance. Without this, you cannot thrive.
Chefs also need to be assertive in order to thrive. Kitchens are stressful places, where lots of people work. Chefs need to be able to lead others confidently and delegate tasks. Similarly, as kitchens can be notoriously stressful, chefs must be able to remain calm and collected under pressure. Finally, they must be respectful of others and be a good teacher, as chefs tend to have the responsibility of mentoring those below them.
Who will struggle in this career?
It goes without saying that those who are not passionate about food will struggle in this career. This is because chefs need to be able to understand what good food tastes like and enjoy the dishes they create.
Those who aren’t particularly hands on or practical may struggle as a chef. This is because the way to succeed in this career is by perfecting the skills required to produce exceptional food. Those who cannot think on their feet or remain calm in stressful situations may struggle as a chef, as it is a fast paced jobs where things often go wrong and need resolving. Finally, if you cannot work well as part of a team then you may struggle with the dynamic of a career as a chef.