Friday, 16 October 2015

5 things I learned from MasterChef Australia (Season 7) for my Professional life

MasterChef Australia has been the addiction this season for some people like me! This show is known for passion and love of food. What I have observed while watching the show is that I’ve learned a few extra things than just recipes and food, the things that are helping me out at the workplace. 
1. Do not be over-confident without right strategy
Like everything else, we all have some strengths and weaknesses in the kitchen as well. (Well, if you know how to cook!) But, your strength does not work all the times, especially if you feel over confident about it.
I’ve seen multiple times that some participants were so self-assured about the ingredient or palate of the dish, but they end up in elimination pressure test because of this over-confidence and not thinking over the right strategy.
Recall the salad competition in which Rose claimed to be a salad queen, but her salad was rejected by the judges. Also, I cannot forget Melita’s disappointment when she was given the boot from MasterChef on Thai food which she cooks a lot at home.
2. Never lose trust in yourself till last moment
I would call Rose “The Elimination Champion”, like seriously! She ended up in elimination test three times in a row. The thing that amazed me more than this was that she escaped the kick-out from MasterChef kitchen and realigned herself every time.
I noticed that she never quit during eliminations and keep trusting her guts and instincts. While other girls were doing much ahead than her in Carrot Cake pressure test, she was calmly reading the recipe to know all ins and outs. I think, that is how she presented the most beautiful carrot cake and much similar to the original one.
Trusting in yourself and fighting till the very last second can make you fool rejections, I learned.
3. Failure teaches you what success cannot
Initially, John was not one of my favorite cooks because of his unnecessary overdoing in dishes he served. Then, it was the communication team challenge and he just rejected the dish chosen by his captain Jarrod. He started all over again in the middle of the competition which failed the whole team.
The good thing was that he learned from his mistakes and began following advises of the judges and mentors. He actually made some very interesting dishes after realizing his mistakes and rectifying them.
Yes, failure can teach you more than success but you have to be ready to learn from your mistakes.
4. What you know should reflect in what you do
So, you know a lot, inspiring! But, what are you reflecting is the question in queue. A lot of good cooks sent home in this magnificent show only because of losing themselves. They could not manage to let the pressure down at tricky points.
You have to have composure of yourself or be ready to descend. The episode of team challenge to feed Mexican food to over 500 people reflected the same. Sara, who is known for her captaincy, seemed confused and lost self-control that ultimately made her bump up her prices in front of customers. Obviously, this move of her was far away from reality.
5. You can try to be a MASTER of all trades
Maybe you’re a good cook, perhaps an excellent cook, but do you know dessert, savory, Italian, Mexican, plating, cutting, utensils, machines, breakfast, hi-tea and so on very well? You may not be a Master of all trades, but at least you can try!
MasterChef checked every aspect of a MASTER CHEF in her contestants. The ones who were able to roll over the different angles of each requirement were the ones who managed to keep themselves going.
Being a professional, consider your expertise in the area you are working in and try to broaden your skill set. Never underestimate the power of general skills e.g. communication, computer proficiency, decision-making power, leadership skills, teamwork, negotiation skills, confidence, relationship building, stress management and the list goes on. They all are going to help you in one way or other in your work life and make your professional goal a bit easier to achieve. 
There are many practical examples of success and failure, trying and losing, learning and doing which are spinning around us. All we need to do is to roam around and pick the right mixtures of confidence and failures and skills for our professional life.