Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Working Girl

Just realized that the title of my last post seems kind of weird and morbid if you’re not a Monty Python/Spamalot fan, sorry about that. My mini vacation was fantastic, I drank beer for breakfast, read trashy books, napped, and ate junk food all day. I feel a million percent better.

It’s not easy to jump right back into the working thing after my leisure time as a student. I’m working as a garde manger - I’m in charge of all the salads and other “cold” preparations (there are about 10, including sardines with fennel and saffron, beets with pistachios, etc.). The restaurant is BUSY. I work from 2pm till 1am. On a weekend night I can’t leave the station for a minute without masses of orders piling up and putting me deep in the weeds. Need to pee? Hold it. Run out of octopus? Pray that no one orders it until I can find someone to run downstairs and get more from the walk in. I’m still learning the preparations and I spend most of my time hoping I don’t serve Frank Bruni a poorly sliced overdressed oxtail salad with no pine nuts. Every Wednesday I turn apprehensively to the back page of Dining Out to make sure he hasn't written a nasty review about my food.

Despite the constant terror, I'm really enjoying the new job. The chefs are great teachers and no one screams at me or throws knives. The night goes by in a flash and before I know it it's time to clean the prosciutto slicer (not fun) and head home. The other night I got home and found a piece of prosciutto in my hair. Lovely. It's not a glamorous job, and I'm paid less than my cleaning lady, but so far it's been a huge learning experience, and much more fun than being a lawyer.


Blogger Jeff in NC said...

How cool! Except for the pee part, of course. And octopus. People actually eat that?? Ick. I need to make a site called Hold the Octopus! Or Octopi.

I guess I will admit I was secretly hoping for at least 1 Hell's Kitchen kinda story (only for the drama, please don't take it personal, of course!)...

Have fun! But if drama does happen, we want to know about it!

9:49 PM  
Blogger s'kat said...

After finishing the book "Heat", I thought of you, and was a little concerned. How good that things are going well, if exhaustingly.

10:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to read you're enjoying your new job! Good for you!


8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How is the chef world going? We miss you.

8:09 PM  
Blogger Backyard Chef said...

Congrats...glad that you are meeting the 'challenge' head on. Can't wait to hear more about your adventures in the kitchen...

You don't have to work with raisins, do you?

1:57 PM  

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