B1 READING IS BEING A CHEF STRESSFUL?

TASK 1. Read the text below and answer the questions that follow. After reading the text, decide if the following statements are true or false. Write your answers in the grid provided below.

How stressful is being a cook? Yes, cooking for a living is one of the most gruelling lines of work in America. It’s stressful- with long hours, low pay, and little room for growth, according to Career Cast.

Why is being a chef stressful? Being a head chef in a large restaurant is one of the most stressful jobs, a new study has revealed. Head chefs are under constant demand to produce high-quality food under tight time-frames, so the stress of this pressured environment is almost inevitable.

Chefs experience the most pressure at work of all jobs, followed by doctors, lawyers and primary school teachers, according to a new labour market survey by the national statistics office.

Is being a chef difficult? The answer is yes. “Having a family while being a chef is a recipe for sleep deprivation,” says Edward Lee, chef and owner of 610 Magnolia and MilkWood in Louisville, Kentucky. “It forces you to manage your time down to the minute. It is insanely difficult but not impossible.”

Is being a chef bad for your mental health?
Stress definitely has an impact on the mental wellbeing of those working in professional kitchens. This stress has affected business operations, with research showing that almost three-quarters (73%) of chefs admitted to calling in sick due to stress.

Is being a chef a high -paying job?
Executive chefs at country clubs earned the most of those in the categories surveyed (an average of $87,068 a year), followed by hotel executive chefs ($86,066), fine dining executive chefs ($78,348), and upscale casual executive chefs ($69,708).

Is it worth being a chef?
The food service industry is growing fast, which makes becoming a chef a lucrative and appealing career path for many people. Additionally, the growth in popularity of YouTube celebrity chefs has glamorised the industry. But, working in the restaurant industry is not like what you see on TV.

Is “chef burnout” real?
Yes! A career in the culinary profession is a stressful endeavour that can lead to chef burnout – a real problem in the culinary workplace today. Psychologists define “burnout” as a syndrome which is caused by unmanageable stress, exhaustion and negativity related to one’s job.

Do chefs work a lot?
Chefs and cooks are notorious for working between 50 and 70 hours per week, oftentimes on weekends, evenings, and for up to 12 hours per day.

After reading the text, decide if the following statements are true or false. Write your answers in the grid provided below.