SinoChef - those are some excellent points you brought up and I can't say I disagree with you, so I guess I am saying I disagree with me as well. Anyone? (Sorry, to many years in commercial kitchens)
Okay, not anyone and certainly not everyone. There are some ppl that just won't get it b/c they have no interest in learning that particular trade. You we'll have to just look with our eyes and train someone who shows interest and promise after a short time on the peel. But if I am correct, Peter wasn't born with a pizza peel in hand, it's just a learned process that is part of being a pizza maker. I overexaggerated by saying everyone just to say that the guy working the oven doesn't have to be Peter. If it's that way, it's because he chooses it. Nothing wrong with that either. I'm not sure I would be so trusting if I am to open my first restaurant either... No, I just fear they will muck it up and cost me money and time.
I finally was able to steal my pastry/bread guy away from his current job. And get him back with me. I trained him 3 years ago on my breads/desserts.
When I make my own breads, I get, "wow, this is really excellent bread".
When he makes my bread, with my recipes, and my techniques, I get "............................omg..............", then more silence as people are to busy eating to speak.
It is quite silly. But I am more then happy he can make my breads, and make them better then I can. Like 1% better then I can, but that's enough.
I agree and this says a lot about you as a person. You are a big enough person to recognize when someone else can do something better and to elevate that person in such a position even if it's not you getting all the credit. I'm sure there are others who choose to keep the spotlight on themselves.
I ate pizzas at a VPN establishment made by and cooked by the student with several years of experience versus one made by his teacher the pizzaiolo, and I could tell the difference. The teacher's was better. Same dough, almost the same opening method, but the teacher baked it a bit hotter and quicker and it was better.
So you are right, you can train someone to make breads or work a wfo, but some will naturally do it better. You can be talented as a musician if you give it enough study and practice.
And some people fall out of bed in the morning with the ability to play Korsakov's Flight of the Bumble Bee, with a rubber band, some duct tape, and a pencil.
The difference between gifted, and talented.
I have some baking skills, but my bread guy is a gifted baker.
And I did not teach him that......
Really good point and example. My parents really wanted one of us kids to be involved in music, and my siblings and myself all tried, but we were never gifted. As a kid, I played violin for 9 years, took piano lessons, and fooled around with the guitar for a bit. All passably and never with any real gift no matter how much I practiced.
One time during college, my brother introduced me to his roommate who was playing a very complicated Beethoven piece on his keyboard. I was really impress and asked him how long he had been playing. A year and a half is all, and it was self taught. This guy had taught himself how to play piano, taught himself how to read music, keep rhythm, it was incredible. He was gifted.
So the question is, are people like Peter gifted or are they talented. I say talented, but that's just me. Gifted might be reserved for someone who just seems born to do something like paint or play music. We see examples of this at a very early age, when kids gravitate towards a certain talent or skill. Now if you have a child prodigy pizza maker, then I would say he's the exception.