There has been no detailed exploration as to what personality traits will make a successful cook. However, it is very possible that successful cooks might be ESTP personality types. ESTP’s, otherwise known as ‘the explorer’, are curious, energetic and imaginative. They bring energy and excitement to their interactions with others, which is perfect for working in, and motivating, a team. They are curious, which will aid them in inventing new recipes and testing flavours. Finally, ESTPs are not the sensitive type and due to this, they can work in a fast-paced, highly pressured and critical environment.
Accomplishment and mastery
Cooks get to do their passion as a job, which will already leave them feeling pretty accomplished! What is more, is that they can learn their skills through on the job training and can pick up most of the cooking skills they need with great ease. Therefore, there is a sense of accomplishment and mastery. Throughout their career, cooks will serve fantastic food for families, friends and colleagues to bond over. Each time they do this, they will feel accomplished and fulfilled.
Meaning and contribution
The work of a cook 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. The work of a cook also has huge meaning to the people who eat the food they prepare. Whether it’s for celebratory meals, weddings, funerals or christenings, cooks allow people to bond and come together, which is truly meaningful.
However, the work of a cook 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 cooks work full time, including early mornings, late evenings, weekends, and holidays. Typically, cooks 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 as a cook you must be imaginative. This will allow you to keep creating tasty and unique food, that your clients and customers will want to eat! Attention to detail is imperative for cooks to thrive, as they need to ensure all of their tastes excellent, right down to the finest detail.
Cooks also need to be assertive in order to thrive. Lots of people may work in a kitchen and cooks need to be able to lead others confidently and delegate tasks. Similarly, as kitchens can be notoriously stressful, cooks must be able to remain calm and collected under pressure.
Who will struggle in this career?
It goes without saying that those who are not passionate about food, and producing high quality food, will struggle in this career. This is because cooks need to know what excellent food tastes like. Those who aren’t particularly hands on or practical may struggle as a cook. This is because cooks learn nearly all their skills through on the job training and need to enjoy the process. Finally, if you cannot work well as part of a team then you may struggle with the kitchen dynamics, as cooks often collaborate with other cooks and supervise kitchen staff!