Wisdom from Raymond Blanc

At a risk of revealing my penchant for TV reality shows I am going to post a few things that the legendary chef and restaurateur Raymond Blanc said on the final episode of “You’re Fried” which aired last Wednesday (17th October) on BBC3.

“You’re Fried” is a sister programme to “The Restaurant” and both programmes have followed contestants attempting to run their own restaurants. Each week one contestant has been eliminated by Raymond until finally last week we were left with a winner.

So why am I quoting Raymond on my blog? Because I think his insights apply equally well to any business: you don’t have to be a chef to learn something from them!

When asked what he was looking for in a winner Raymond said:

“A lot of people have got passion but that passion must be followed and preceded with a good dose of realism and commitment.”

How true. All too often people have plenty of ambition or ideas but are simply not prepared to put in the hard work that is required for success. It reminded me of a phrase my Dad used to tell me: “1% inspiration, 99% perspiration”.

Talking about the daily pressures of running a restaurant Raymond said:

“Everyday you must deliver because there is an expectation from everyone, whether it is your staff or your customers.“

I like this because it highlights the importance of consistently delivering quality, not just to your customers, but to your staff as well. Raymond went on to say:

“You’ve got to inspire people, drive them.”

Finally Raymond described what he felt set the winners apart from the rest of the contestants:

“It was the consistency within their own commitment. Huge passion, but not just a dream that remained a dream.”

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