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WATCH: Celebrity Chef Alex Guarnaschelli Shares Three *Major* Career Truths

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In a brand new edition of Levo’s Office Hours, we talked with Alex Guarnaschelli, one of The Food Network’s biggest stars and executive chef at NYC’s Butter, who shared all sorts of gems about her career path, finding and developing your passions, and more. Guarnaschelli’s interview had so many stand-out moments that it’s almost impossible to pick and choose favorites, but here are three truths we just feel like you can’t go on without knowing:

1. It’s OK to start small.

Guarnaschelli’s first job out of college involved baking poppyseed muffins and mopping floors—and now she’s a mega on-screen success. It’s a reminder to us all that it’s OK to embrace the baby steps, and appreciate where your journey takes you.

[Related: 4 Brilliant Chefs Who Are Changing the World With Food]

2. Passion is ongoing.

Guarnaschelli made us re-think passion not just as a feeling, but as a process. As she said: “Passion only comes after you become good at something. That’s the only way to actually say I’m passionate.”

3. “Calm down, slow down, chill out.”

Juggling life and career is a lot to handle, but as Guarnaschelli said when asked about the advice she would give to her 25-year-old self, sometimes you just have to go with the flow and “calm down, slow down, chill out.” “You’re not going to be perfect at everything,” she added, so enjoy life and have some fun.

[Related: “I Spent My Weekend with Michelin-Star Chefs—It Completely Changed My Perspective on Success”]

Want more? Watch Guarnaschelli’s full Office Hours segment below:

Photo: Courtesy of Alex Guarnaschelli

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