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    Cooking Transitions and Unintended Consequences

    I went to culinary school 4 years ago because 1) I was bored and 2) I wanted to be able cook better than anyone else I knew. I had no intention of cooking professionally. Now I'm cooking on the line at the local country club. I guess that makes me a professional now.

    I found that about midway through school and certainly since working I no longer have any joy or desire in cooking at home. Seems this may be a fallout from the laws of unintended consequences. Anybody else experience this?

    -AJ

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    Not me, but I treat them as 2 different things, at work it's more intense, getting prepped, pushing on, the pressure of service, but cooking at home for family and friends is a chance to relax while doing what I love. I can take my time and most importantly sit down and enjoy it. Having said that in my experience it's a 50/50 split and I know plenty of chefs who will not cook when not at work.
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    AJ, I had a similar experience when I started teaching cooking classes. REALLY zapped my desire to cook at home for a while. Honestly, this forum helped a lot with that, buying knives and learning more about them really re-invigorated my desire to cook at home...and I started channeling the money from the classes into knives.

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    Love cooking at home. Don't have to please anyone but my wife.
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    I still like cooking at home with my wife but not nearly as much. For the most part I cook all day and when I get home there is nothing better than my wife cooking. Plus she makes some good stuff but for me I feel you I don't really want to cook at home either.

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    That's true Turbo. I didn't mean to imply that I do all the cooking at home or that I cook all the time. My wife is also a great cook, but in a cuisine that I can't replicate, so we share the duties. And since I don't spend that much time on the line or prep anymore, it's an opportunity to stay fresh.
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    I find that now when I cook at home I'm pushing it out like a service order. All I want to do is plate it and serve it. No interest in even eating it myself.

    I have zero interest in cooking a meal after a work day. My wife doesn't/rarely cooks and works late, so we usually go out to eat. Not too happy about that but it is what it is.

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    If you paint houses all day, do you want to go home after work and paint your own house? lol
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    I'm not usually around much for dinner so i try and cook when i am. My Wife cooks sometimes but she also spends her days taking care of 3 rowdy boys one of which has mild autism. So i try to ease her work load as much as possible, and i like cooking at home i get a chance to be creative but without pressure

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    I know exactly what you mean, Aj. It's ironic, but in a sense if you love cooking you're better off not becoming a cook.

    People will tell you, 'get a job doing what you love' but it might not always work that way.

    (How many people do anyway? And it's probably the ones that haven't that give you that advice.)

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