I was offered the chance for an internship at a New York City restaurant and am going in for a trail tomorrow. It's the point in out program where a lot of students are getting internships and I find myself comparing the restaurants that we are all at.
Should I care that some of my classmates have opportunities at higher rated restaurants? I have never worked in a professional kitchen, and a chef instructor set me up with a paying internship. After finding out that some classmates, who I will admit have more skill in the kitchen (for the time being), are at more acclaimed restaurants, I find myself being shy about telling people where mine is at bc I know they will be comparing as well. And frankly, I know nothing about restaurants and their statures, I just don't want to find out I'm working for the McDonalds of the culinary world later on. Other than google and the NYTimes, who do I go to?
Why is culinary so damn competitive? Does the restaurant's rating matter when future chefs will be looking at my resume?