I’ve never taken a cooking lesson, but I’ve heard similar advice from a floral design teacher, a Japanese tea ceremony narrator, and a printer who started his career in a Navy print shop.
Chefs learn to operate with everything in its proper place do they can work most efficiently.
(Go ahead and read. I have to clean my desk now. Then I have to tweak the nature of one of my characters.)
For A More Ordered Life, Organize Like A Chef : The Salt : NPR