HomeThe Trinitian Student Researchervol. 1 no. 1 (2008)

The Making of a Chef: A Phenomenological Study

Gisela Tea Cordova | Rolando Corre Jr. | Saissa Anne Santos

Discipline: Psychology



This is a phenomenological study on the lived experiences of three chefs of a five-star hotel. Reflections on their stories reveal that in order to be successful, chefs must love and enjoy their work. They should also be obedient, patient and flexible while working in the kitchen.


The three did not study culinary arts but they feel that taking up formal courses on cooking would give would-be chefs an edge over those who have no background on cookery. Further reflections show that having an education or formal training is an advantage but it is not enough for one to become successful. It should be coupled with hard work and commitment to the profession.