I don't mean sweat.
I can't seem to put my finger on it, but no matter what position I have, whether it's catering, or line-cooking, in any place, now or 15 years ago, the smell is always the same. It's like a seasoned smell on my chef jacket, pants and even skin, until I take a shower. Or a stale saltiness that sticks to me. I never smell like any one item I prepped that day. It's a very distinctive food industry/service smell. Is it just me? are my nostrils shot from smelling foods all day that when I get home I just smell the same thing once I get home day after day?