The Crazy Life of a Chef Is Nothing to Celebrate

by Rachel Baker on March 17, 2015

If you ever wondered what the life of a Chef is like, you can read about it here. This is an article written by Matt Basile who is chef-owner of Lisa Marie restaurant and Fidel Gastro’s Food Truck and catering company in Toronto.

Here’s the Article: The Crazy Life of a Chef Is Nothing to Celebrate

Today, as a small business owner, you need to be a master of social media, IT, management, finances, public relations, marketing, human resources, customer service, supply and demand, and real estate. You get up early, go to bed late, write checks, and repeat.

All this is coming from a guy who—only three years earlier—went from working in a cubicle writing online marketing copy for a stock brokerage firm to owning a food truck, restaurant, hosting a TV show (twice), and most recently, releasing a cookbook. Convincing people to open RRSPs and being a rogue restaurateur just made sense. Apparently we’re addicted to pressure because to top it off, we did all this in Toronto: an amazing, food-forward city where even good restaurants can fail. When you put it all together, who really has time for self-care when there’s so much work to be done?

Things got emotionally tougher when we opened our restaurant, Lisa Marie on Toronto’s Queen Street West. It was early December 2012 and we had put an offer on the location, but had lost it to another group with apparently deeper pockets. Fast forward to January when my mom called to tell me my grandfather—my nonno—had passed away. My world flipped. He wasn’t just my grandfather: he was my everything. He raised me, and taught me how to cook and make everything from scratch, the value of a strong work ethic, and that a meal with the family is the most important thing you could ask for. He was my absolute hero, the only person who really understood me.

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