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Senior Citizen in the Kitchen

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Just a little note to all of you professional chefs and aspiring culinarians out there...

 

I'm in culinary school right now and we have a little African-American lady in our class. Being that she is 56 and has health problems, people told her she was down right crazy to aspire to become a chef. She was on disability for a while to get her feet off the ground from a surgery that went haywire and then she got a job as a clean up crew working until past midnight. All along she kept searching for a job in the culinary industry, but she had no job offers.

 

She rushed in to class today and shouted "HALLELUJAH! Praise the Lord!" Then she told us what happened. She went into a Hilton restaurant and was asking if they needed any help; possibly as a dishwasher or a prep cook. After the executive chef heard that she was in culinary school, he told her to get into the kitchen asap and show him her mise en place. She did and he was suprised! Then the chef went to go taste his soup of the day, potato soup, and he cringed his nose. He told my friend to make him a potato soup as he was walking out the door. She was all alone about to pass out (from shock and a tad bit of fear) in the kitchen, but she did it. He later came back and loved the soup (he had her write down the recipe also). Then he told her to stay for dinner service and he threw her into the kitchen. She held up to his amazement and did perfect!

 

At the end of the day the chef told her that she was hired and passed his test with flying colors. He said that the minute she walked in the door with her chef whites and a confident smile, that's when he hired her.

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At the end of the day the chef told her that she was hired and passed his test with flying colors. He said that the minute she walked in the door with her chef whites and a confident smile, that's when he hired her.


 

That's not a very smart way of doing things.

 

This story has some holes in it.
 

 

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This story has some holes in it.


I prefer, "That's a good story; too bad it's not true."

 

I blame Paul Harvey.  Good Day!?

 

post #4 of 9

If I were chef, I would not let perfect stranger make a soup without testing prior capabilities It all sounds like American Success Story, but a bit far fetched,

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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I have hired some of my cooks, with the only stipulations being, " able to stand and breath" I know some of the Chefs on this site did the same. This week in my Cafe, I had two of my cooks Hospitalized and one no show, needless to say, the cook I fired last week was starting to look good again. This business is all about getting the job done anyway necessary. There are times you have time to hire, train and mold your employees to your Mission Statement and philosophy. There are other days you are on crisis control..............ChefBillyB

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56 Is not a "senior citizen". Good grief.

"The satisfactions of making a good plate of food are surprisingly varied, and only one, and the least important of them, involves eating what you've made" - Bill Buford, Heat

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"The satisfactions of making a good plate of food are surprisingly varied, and only one, and the least important of them, involves eating what you've made" - Bill Buford, Heat

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If 56 is a senior citizen, then I must be dead; which would explain how I can still work a 12 hour day and circles around my younger cohorts. Zombie chef LOLbounce.gif

Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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Wisdom comes with age, but sometimes age comes alone.
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Cheflayne your a baby,

     I am  70 in December . Reason we can run rings around is we dont stay up partying till the  wee hours, don't do drugs, or over excess consumption of booze.  We use our heads instead of our backs.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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Thread Starter 
Well... The story is true. Of course, he interviewed he before she got in the kitchen.

The 'senior citizen' thing is actually a joke! She jokingly refers to herself as our school's "resident senior citizen", eventhough she's only 56. But, that is still VERY impressive for her age and health condition and that's why I wanted to share it.
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