“I’m 20 years old and I was born near Basel in Switzerland. Currently, I’m working as an apprentice chef in a hotel restaurant in my hometown.

Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved to cook. In my childhood, there was a window in the restaurant kitchen that faced my backyard, and I would watch every lunch service until my mother was done cooking for us. Even then, I fell in love.

In elementary school, my teacher instilled an inner fire for gastronomy and all things culinary. Since then, becoming a chef has been my dream and my path in life.

I have this endless motivation to develop as a chef and as a person. It’s all about passion. On the days when I don’t feel so good, I see them as an extra challenge for me to work harder and learn.

Today, I am a student. My time as a mentor is yet to come. It helps me to shut up and learn, be humble, focus on my path, and accept criticism and help from everyone.

When I learn something new, I put myself in a position where I am weak and slow because that is the only way I can develop my skills and expertise and grow as a chef.

Stay humble and never forget why you wanted to be a chef.