Anne's Top 8 Lessons Learned As a Chef

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Host Anne Burrell behind the line in the kitchen of Zengo as seen on Food Network's Chef Wanted with Anne Burrell, Season 2.

Photo by: Emile Wamsteker ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Emile Wamsteker, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Although she's now a seasoned mentor on Chef Wanted and a no-nonsense team leader to some of the Worst Cooks in America, Chef Anne Burrell wasn't always a food-television star. In fact, she began her career working in some of New York City's top restaurants, where she climbed the culinary ladder to become a leading executive chef. Read on below to find the most important pieces of industry know-how she's picked up along the way.

1. Being a chef can get very emotional from time to time. Remain cool under pressure.

2. Remember that you are a teacher and a leader.

3. You can’t avoid mistakes, but you can try to prevent them and learn how to not make them again.

4. Set long-term goals for yourself and review them regularly.

5. As a leader, push people to dig deep and strive to do their best.

6. Establish a strong work ethic for yourself early on.

7. The restaurant industry has the most delightful and creative group of people working in it; embrace them.

8. Never stop learning. You can always be a better chef.