Cooks get the job done. They follow the recipe. The end result? Hopefully a good meal, as expected. Compliance. Mass production. Quantity over quality.
Chefs create and innovate. They may have a recipe, but will add their personality to it. They want to do things differently. They are always looking for inspiration and ways to challenge the status quo. Small scale. Quality over quantity.
In the work that you do, are you a cook or a chef?