Well I did not want to post this in the pro forums as I no longer consider myself a pro but did want to share I am back in the kitchen again. My shooting club (trap,skeet, and sporting clays) has a kitchen that caterers to the club members (little over 600 members) for breakfast and lunch. They have a semi-retired woman who runs most of the catering operation but needed someone to cover two weekends a month. Wanting to get my senior membership which requires 60 hours worth of work in some capacity I offered my services for two weekends a month. So after many (many....) years I am back on the line cooking breakfast and serving up lunch.
All I can say is wow, how you lose your rhythm behind the line. Just getting my mise-en-place I felt clueless. The one area I did well was I brought my own pans for the eggs and I kicked-butt on my eggs over easy (basted in the pan thank you very much). What is even funnier is how you get back into your old habits. Orders were slow yesterday so I tore everything out of the reach in cooler and re-organized. I always hated standing around waiting for orders I would rather clean and organize then stand around. So far I have not cut myself or burned myself and my hands still seem to be pretty tough. According to my working buddy in the kitchen I heat the dish and rinse water too hot for his hands and he says my hands are conditioned and his are not.
Overall the members and the lady running the catering seem pleased and I am pretty happy to be working in the kitchen again in a semi-professional setting. One thing that really struck me is that I forgot what it feels like to do a hard days work and feel like you did a hard days work that you can look back on. So often in my desk job I get in the car drive home and wonder what the heck I did.
Don't think I will be moving up to sous chef any time soon nor will I be making some crazy specials but I am having fun flipping eggs, cooking bacon and sausage again and serving up fresh coffee and toast with it all.