I was watching an interview the other day of Jacques Pepin. He was asked what’s the difference between a chef and a cook? He had a very simple explanation. Pepin said a cook is someone who does the cooking. A chef is a manager. He oversees the cooks. After all, chef just means the chief – the boss. So next time someone says to me as a compliment – You’re such a great chef! – I’ll just respond, nah I’m a good cook and only a decent boss.