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    They go by many names. They have many jobs. These jobs are often the lowliest, crappiest, most overlooked and easily forgotten ones in the kitchen. I would bet that most people outside of the profession have never even given these hard workers even the fleeting thought. I would be willing to...
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    For those who are interested, I did it. For one day, I was a cook in a commercial kitchen. The whole day really seemed like a lucid dream. In parts, it was like I was living a POV day-in-the-life docudrama. It started routinely enough. I woke at 6:30am having packed my work clothes and knife...
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    The other night my wife and I were having dinner at an Italian restaurant that I have been patronizing for years. I know the chef/owner, his wife, and most of the wait staff. This particularly evening, neither the chef nor his wife was present. Interestingly, our garlic bread was served so...
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    Dateline: June 1, 2001 - On the road to Texas Recently, while making a marathon 3000 mile road trip from Western Oregon to the Texas Gulf Coast where I was about to begin a new job, I had ample opportunity to reflect on my career as a professional chef. As the miles clicked off my odometer and...
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    You have decided to cook for a living. Maybe you were brought up in a restaurant or you discovered cooking was a hidden talent that you could nurture and perhaps even make money doing something that you enjoy. But in order to share your art with the world at large, it has to pass through my...
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