Name: Lee Atkinson Position: Chef de cuisine Experience: Has worked for the Sofitel group of hotels for seven years Skill tips: It’s a pretty tough, very challenging career. There’s a lot of hype with Masterchef and a lot of people come into the industry with false hope that there’s the limelight. It’s quite a dirty, tough job at times. A lot of them change jobs quite quickly when they realise it’s tough. A lot of them work 12 hours a day plus. And the course is one day a week for three years. There’s such a shortage of chefs working in this industry. Governments are trying to push apprentices through because there’s a skills shortage but they get out and are not trained enough. A good cook is someone who can cook. A good chef is someone who can manage people, manage a budget, food costs, and look after their staff.