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Re: “Zen and the Art of Dishwasher Maintenance

So, I thought you were going in a different direction with that, though I completely get where you ended up. My first couple of years of being an owner/chef were filled with learning experiences. Some are best left in the "what the hell was I thinking" bin, but some are worth sharing. Like the Zen of dishwashing, which is the less traveled road I thought you were on. After years of Hotels kitchens and the hell of steak house cutting boards, I found myself the owner of my own cozy little place. And while I could wax poetic, (oh no, there he goes) I'll just say that one of the things that kept me sane that first year was the dish pit. My own personal spin on Zen was unwinding at the end of the night with a cold beer and hot soapy water. There is something comfortable about a stack of pans, the occasional pot and three sinks of soap, sanitizer and rinse water. You can see exactly what needs to be done, know exactly how to do it and know precisely what the result will be. Clean pots and pans for tomorrow. Another day of hours of boredom puctuated by moments of terror. You know, restaurant owner/chef stuff.... But the knowledge that an hour of dishwashing Zen would prepare me for the sleep of the rightgeous got me through most days. Oh yeah, and the cold beer of course. Wait. Did I just wax poetic again? oh well.

Posted by Chefitude on 07/01/2010 at 2:18 PM

Re: “Oil is good in Sauce, not oceans.

speaking of semi-stable relationships....See ya tomorrow!

Posted by Chefitude on 06/21/2010 at 10:56 PM

Re: “I'll Have the No.2 With a Side of Tattoos

Ok, how about Chef's with ink? The creative genius behind the dish being served by your tatted server may sport the oldest personal art form as well. Some of the best culinary minds I know have chosen to express themselves in the most personal art form available. Skin meets ink. The old joke is, "who is more commited to your breakfast....the Chicken or the Pig? The Chicken lays the egg and lives to lay many more. The Pig? Well let's just say that Pig will see but one breakfast. Thats commitment! When a person commits to a tatoo, it IS a commitment and often represents somthing basic and maybe even primordial to their self image. Not everone chooses to display that image in a place obvious to others, but the commitment to the image remains the same. So, maybe we could focus on the expression of creativity that a tatoo represents and not pigeon hole those that choose to express themselves.
I am a Chef and I am proud of my ink and the artists who created them from my designs. They are a part of me by my own decision, and I display them the same way.

Posted by Chefitude on 02/20/2010 at 11:37 PM

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