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Posts by Phaedrus

Okay, the Scottish Dream, then!
With prep cooks (and any employee in general) I am usually interested in employment history.  One question I always ask is a two-parter; describe the worst boss you ever worked for and how was your last boss.  It's almost always telling to listen to someone discuss their previous employer.  Even if you worked for a psychopath you really shouldn't badmouth them. If they threw a knife at you or something then obviously mention that.  It's like the woman that says every...
Ramsay isn't American- his is the British dream.
Sure a chef can make $60M a year. But someone always wins the Powerball, too- that doesn't make it a valid career plan. For every chef that makes a million there are a thousand grinding it out 60+ hours at well under $100k.  I'm not saying there's no opportunity but the fact that there are a few highly paid celebrity chefs doesn't mean that everyone has that chance.  And again, to me the American Dream isn't everyone being rich, that's in idiotic thing to expect in the...
 I can't speak for Someday but I think the point he (and others) have made is that the game is rigged. Certainly you can't survive on a 40 hour a week cook job but you should be able to.  Wages are kept artificially low by regulations, food is artificially cheap through tax subsidies, etc.  It is indeed insane that you can get a burger cheaper than an apple.  Tipping allows some workers to be paid as little as $2.13 and hour.  If you look at a company like Wal-Mart around...
I'm not sure that the American dream is dead but it's on life support.  In a closed loop of an economy it would be a pure zero-sum game; for one person to gain another would have to lose.  Capitalism has always kept the overall pie growing by finding new pools to exploit. We did this in postwar Japan and Europe to create new markets. But it wasn't enough- we also needed to find pools of cheap labor to exploit.  We began to source a lot of stuff from Taiwan, India, Viet Nam...
Well, so long as you charged $45 for it it's okay!  Why didn't you mention that in the first place?
If that's BBQ to you remind me to never eat in your restaurant! 
Okay, I suppose this has me in full-Socialist-rant-mode!  I think everyone that actually works hard for 40 hours deserves a living wage.  Our society has a very fucked up sense of values. I'm sure a golfer puts in a lot of work to get as good as Jordan Spieth but c'mon-  what kind of civilization find whacking a ball into a hole to be 500x more valuable than a nurse? Or fireman?  Wall Street flacks have found ways to insert code basically into the financial system that...
 When I Googled ""costume line suite" it brought up pictures of girls in sexy cosplay outifts.
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