We’re headed back to an old standby this Foodie Friday: Top Chef. I’m not sure if you’re a frequent viewer. I am although I’m questioning that habit after this week’s episode. We’re down to the final four cheftestants and this week’s episode took place all over Whistler Mountain and some Olympic venues near Vancouver. One might wonder about the kitchen facilities in those place but as it turned out, no facilities required.
The cooking took place aboard a moving ski gondola or outside in two of the three instances. Two of the contestants had to cross-country ski and shoot at targets (biathlon for you winter sport aficionados) before they cooked. This left me wondering, as the descriptions might leave you, what the hell this has to do with cooking, and of course that’s the business point as well.
When we interview job candidates, we sometimes get focused on things that have nothing at all to do with that person’s ability to do the job. Where someone went to school is far less important than what they learned, and in many cases book-learning is way less important than the skills such as critical thinking they acquired. I can understand how challenging a cook to perform in difficult conditions (hundreds of feet up in a moving gondola qualifies) can demonstrate how creative they are and an ability to operate under the demanding conditions of a professional kitchen. However, there are other ways to find that out that are far more applicable to real life.
As we end the week, as yourself about the last job interview in which you were involved. As a candidate, were you forced to ski for your supper or could you show off the knife skills you’ll need for the job? Did you get a sense of the company and your eventual boss or was it pretty much what you could have read about as you did your research? As an interviewer, did you discuss a resume or get to know a person? No matter on which side of the desk you sat, the only way to get the best result is if you deal in actualities, not some contrived situation that has nothing at all to do with what will be the eventual reality.