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Hi guys and gals. In looking around I know that I already know at least a few of youse from another forum. I'm a grumpy and jaded chef that's been doing this for far too long.

I've been cooking for a living for the past 23 years. I catered for the last 12, but recently left the $$$$$$ to go back to working the line in a restaurant. It's tough, I am constantly getting shown-up by young 20-somethings, but I'll be owning it in no time.

Here's to getting weeded and totally falling down on your station!

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Good to meet you, Knyfeknerd. You'll have plenty of people to hang out with here, both jaded and shiny new people just starting out. The Professionals' forums are limited to you pros. But we hope you'll lend your experience with food to the rest of us in the General forums, too. I'm a home cook myself (although I did do a brief stint in a restaurant kitchen back in college and my brother's a chef/owner), I've learned a tremendous amount from the pros here. That's the "link to professional chefs" part about Chef Talk that's unique.

 

Grumpy as you may be today, was there someone or something that inspired you to go into cooking in the first place? What keeps you there today? 

 

We hope you become a regular here and that you share what you've learned over the years with everyone.

Welcome!

Mezzaluna

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Thank you for the welcome Mezzaluna.

I wasn't really inspired to cook, it just kind of happened. It's all I've ever known and I can't imagine doing anything else as a profession. A long time ago I decided to embrace cooking and to take it seriously instead of just viewing it as a paycheck.

I try hard to discourage anyone from this as a career. It seems like fun, but there's a lot of hard work involved without the compensation to match. A lot of people watch the Food Network and think this is some sort of glamorous life where you get to be creative all the time. You just show up, work your magic and go home......................

.................that couldn't be any further from the truth.

This is hard, back-breaking work that usually leaves you exhausted, under appreciated and cynical. I have no other skill set, so this is what I'm going to do until my body totally breaks down on me,

Until then, FUN FUN FUN!!!!!

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Glad to see you over here Knerd. How's the new job?

 

Dave

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