Hi Lifehacker, I'm just wondering: how many nights a week do 'celebrity chefs' actually work in their restaurants? Thanks, Cooking Good
It varies depending on a range of factors, including how famous they are, their current celebrity commitments and the number of restaurants they actively own. Indeed, some celebrity chefs, such as Curtis Stone and Poh Ling Yeow, do not own or work at any restaurants at all.
It's not uncommon for celebrity chefs to lend their name and/or branding to restaurants that they have no day-to-day involvement with. Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen chain, which was set up to give disadvantaged youths a chance to work, is one example of this.
Other chefs are too overstretched — or disinterested — to show up at their own restaurants: Gordon Ramsay was once famously criticised by his own protégé for not spending enough time in his kitchen, for instance.
Even the most dedicated celebrity chefs rarely follow a scheduled roster; they're simply too busy with other commitments. As a rule of thumb, if the chef owns just one restaurant and isn't in the middle of any celebrity work (such as reality TV or a book launch) there's a higher chance of them showing up in the kitchen.
Even if they do make an appearance, you're probably not going to get your meal cooked by them. Most celebrity chefs take on a managerial role and leave the actual running of the kitchen in the hands of their executive head chef.
In other words, while you're welcome to sample their personal menu, don't expect them to chop up the onions or you'll probably be disappointed.
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