If you're head chef, you're the lord high ruler of the kitchen. Unless you own the restaurant yourself, though, you still have to answer to the manager or owner. It's okay, you still get to boss around the sous-chefs and act like a big shot around the rest of the kitchen staff. And, if you really want to, you can wear that tall white hat.
But here's when you feel really powerful: sometimes one of the patrons of your restaurant will be so wowed by the skill and artistry it took to create your signature dish that they'll ask to go back to the kitchen to meet you. That's when your heart swells with pride—when you realize you have the power to move people nearly to tears with your chateaubriand.