For many years I have been asked why a person of my intelligence ever got in the cooking profession. And I always told them, when I was 18 years old and looking for a job and living in the north, the warmest place to work was in a hotel kitchen or a foundry and I chose the kitchen. Although 8 years later I learned to repair televisions it was still too cold until I moved to Florida 5 years later. The kitchen has never been on top of the list for high school graduates, more than likely the bottom 10 or 20% because back then we had on-job training and before minimum wage laws. Now we have college graduates and graduates of culinary schools wondering why everyone else is so stupid. Well you have to look at the intelect pool you have to choose from, for the most part FOH and BOH don't have a high school diploma or training of anything else. Many have a smoking, drinking or drug problem and most are divorced or in an unhappy relationship. This is not a 9 to 5 business. We have to work most holidays and very seldom stay on the job long enough to get a 2 week vacation. So, it is not a family oriented profession. But for those of us who love it we wouldn't be happy doing anything else. By the way, I repaired TVs, VCRs and Video cameras for 20 years, my wife was happy but I wasn't.
Edited by caterchef - 6/9/10 at 11:17pm