What do they mean and how do they apply to working in the kitchen? Let’s take each individually.
Patience. noun. Quiet, study perseverance; even-tempered care; diligence (source: dictionary.com). Bringing this sense of calm to your work helps to make things run more smoothly, thus speed and accuracy can be achieved and maintained. Understanding and developing a relationship with the process and the product are important to its success.
Practice. noun. Repeated performance or systematic exercise for the purpose of acquiring skill or proficiency (source: dictionary.com). The adage “practice makes perfect” applies here. Each time you work with dough or cake or pastry or whatever, you build on the previous experience. Each time you get more confident and understand the process better, thereby producing a better product (at least in my opinion). You hone in on and finely tune the skill and technique. Over time, memories are collected which you can access when you need to.