We’ve all seen the people who bow to someone and say “I’m not worthy”. I am sure most of us have said it at one time or another and I can guarantee that everyone has felt that way at some time I will be honest, there are days I feel like that.
Cindy Morrison wrote me recently telling me that some of the Yummy Arts members feel like they are not worthy of wearing a chef coat. She said she even worried about wearing one. I have noticed several comments on my coat giveaways where people think that they aren’t “legit” and don’t deserve to wear a coat. Cindy asked me if I would tackle the question of who DESERVES to wear a chef coat.
The first thing I need to tell you is that there is not a chef coat policeman out there who is going to write you a ticket for donning a coat. Today’s chef coats are not the same as those fancy chef hats that are awarded after you achieve a certain rank or level. The chef coats today are bright, colorful and often full of personality and anyone can buy one.
They do not mean that your are implying that you are a pastry chef! You all know that I went to law school, not culinary school. I am not a pastry chef. I have never held myself out as one. Yet I have been wearing chef coats for a decade. The only thing I am trying to convey with my coats is an air of professionalism. I put on my coat when I am at work. For me now, that means when I am at any cake related event. When I owned the bakery, I only wore it on deliveries or if I was being interviewed. The coat was simply the proper uniform for certain situations.
I know a LOT of home bakers who wear chef coats. Not having a store front does not mean that you are not worthy. If you make cakes for people, you have every right to wear a chef coat. You choose when it is the right time for you to wear it. If you want to wear it to a cake show or Day of Sharing or on a wedding delivery, then do it! I promise you that when you put on the coat, you will find that you walk a little taller, that you have a little more confidence and that you receive positive attention from others.
Why do people give respect to the coat? I think it is because we all like someone in uniform. It signifies an organized, responsible person to us. Wearing a chef coat may cause a venue to believe you are serious about cakes and place more orders. It might cause people to remember your name. It might help you get recognition you have long been deserving.
I think that if you ask folks who wear the coats, they will all tell you they were nervous the first time they put it on. But they put on that coat anyway! I promise you that if you wish you could wear one, then you deserve to wear one. You are worthy.