Liam McKay, Chef's Table

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Liam McKay discusses his role as Owner at The Chef's Table and his own inspirations with regards to pursuing a career as a Chef.

Name: Liam McKay

Chef's Table logo

Place of work: The Chef's Table

Role: Owner

Bio: Liam McKay is the owner of The Chef’s Table in Cheshire and has been for 7 months. The Chef’s Table is an independent foodie hub serving seasonal food, second-hand books, original art and eclectic music.

Follow the foodie hub on Twitter: @ChefsTableCH1

Chef Skills

Liam McKay takes us through his personal experiences whilst being in the Culinary Industry. These key skills that young Chefs and industry professionals learn as part of their basic training.

How long have you been in this role? 

7 months.

Chef's Table food

What experience would someone need in order to progress to the top level of the industry?

Gain experience under different chefs with different ideas and techniques and consistently be open to learning.

 Be prepared to work long hours for little or no pay.

 Be able to apply yourself in different roles, taking and giving orders.

Spend time researching and learning at home as well as in work.

A sound knowledge and understanding of costings.

A genuine passion for the path you choose within the industry.

What are your ultimate top tips for someone looking to start a career in the industry?

  • Be humble
  • Respect those in a more senior position to you, especially when they are giving you advice
  • Be the hardest working person in the kitchen, but also effective
  • Take pride in everything you do from mopping the floor to poaching lobster
  • Season and taste everything
    Chef's Table dessert

What are you looking out for on a CV or in an interview if someone was applying to work with you?

We look more at the cover letter and if it's appropriate for us. We could have a chef applying with mountains of experience in amazing restaurants but if they don't seem interested in our business then we aren't as keen on them.

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Editor 8th December 2016

Liam McKay, Chef's Table