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If you're the head chef, you are the lord high ruler of the kitchen. Unless you own the restaurant yourself, you still have to answer to the manager or owner, however. But you do get to boss around the sous-chefs and act like a big shot around the rest of the kitchen staff. And, if you really want to, you can wear that tall white hat.

But here’s when you feel really powerful—when one of the patrons of your restaurant has finished devouring your signature dish and are so wowed by the skill and artistry it took to create something so magnificent that they ask to go back to the kitchen so they can meet you. That's when your heart swells with pride—when you realize you have the power to move people nearly to tears with your chateaubriand.

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