Jane McGuire

The 12 things TV has taught us about working in a kitchen

The 12 things TV has taught us about working in a kitchen

First published date January 30 2015 Amended date February 18 2016

Whether it’s Masterchef or Monica from Friends, we’ve all learn a lot from our favourite TV chefs. Working in a kitchen involves a lot of stress, sweat and swearing, and there is nothing better than watching the chaos unfold from the comfort of your sofa. To get you in the mood for a catering course, we have taken a look back at the twelve things TV has taught us about working in a kitchen.


You can never be too young

Junior Masterchef – say no more. As cute as it is when the contestants can’t quite see over the counter, it is a little embarrassing when a 13 year old can master dishes we haven’t even heard of. 

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Somebody will always be disappointed

If Greg Wallace taught us anything it’s that you cannot please everyone in this business. 

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Tensions will run high

Being a chef is like working in a pressure cooker; with tables of orders coming in, staff to manage and food to get out in record time. Although you might want to curl up in a ball and cry, the adrenaline high you get at the end of a shift will keep you coming back for more. 

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Occasionally, swearing may occur

Warning – it definitely will if Gordon Ramsey is in your kitchen. 

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You will usually be able to tell from the head chef’s face when things are going wrong

You won’t have to be tuned in for long to see a version of the ‘mess-up-one-more-time-and-I’ll-explode’ head chef death stare.  

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And things will go wrong

Ian and the baked Alaska moment on The Great British Bake Off – enough said. 

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Mary Berry is the reason why most of us want to learn how to bake

The grandmother we all wished we had, we have learnt so much about soggy sponges and perfectly co-ordinated cardigans. 

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And Paul Hollywood is the reason why most of us are afraid of attempting bread

We don’t know whether it’s the critical stare, slow chewing or over inspection, but you won’t find us plaiting dough any time soon. 

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As cute and clever as they may be, the world will never be ok with rats in the kitchen

Sorry Disney, you tried, but a rat is still a rat. 

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You will soon be expected to cook for all your friends at every occasion

‘Oh you’re a chef’ – expect your kitchen to become the location of every social gathering, ever.  

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Experimenting in the kitchen is always ok

Especially if you are a scientist; as Heston proves, a meal is far less exciting when it isn’t breathing dry ice or glowing in the dark. 

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Cooking for a living will make you an awful critic

Be warned – no one will want to cook for you ever again and you will find faults in every restaurant you ever visit. 

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Jane McGuire

Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.