Chef Greg Hozinsky's 5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know

Greg Hozinsky is a talented young chef cooking out of Shade Hotel in Manhattan Beach, California. As an up-and-coming chef at the hotel's Zinc Lounge, Chef Hozinsky is praised widely for using seasonal, local ingredients in innovative tapas and small plates. He has generously shared 5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know. If you're considering a move into the kitchen, take a look at his sage advice. It's even helpful for home cooks! 

5 Tips Every Aspiring Chef Should Know

1. Keep focused and persevere through the tough times, especially in the beginning. The other day I had someone refer to chefs as the new "rock stars" which made me laugh, because with television and the image of the celebrity chef, we really have a glorified vision of what it is to be a chef. In fact, it is a lot of hard work, and you really need to keep on pushing yourself.

2. Remember why it is you love to cook, you have to have passion and you can never lose sight of what it is about cooking that you absolutely love.

3. In the beginning of your career take the time to work in the best restaurants you can get into, these will set you up with great techniques and great habits for the future.

4. Get a good knife and keep it sharp! Your knife is one of your biggest tools in the kitchen, as a chef it is an extension of our hands, get a great 8 or 10 inch chef knife, learn how to sharpen it and keep it sharp, you wont regret it.

5. So often in this business I come across resumes with aspiring chefs moving from job to job after only a few months, spend some time working at a great restaurant for a while, you will learn so much more and are more likely to move up. I think its great to work at different restaurant because we are always learning in the kitchen, but spend enough time to really soak in all the information you can learn.