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Here's an option. It's not for everyone, but I like it. Cook offshore.

-You get to make your own menu everyday, whatever's in the fridge or freezer, make whatever you want. No one is going to tell you what to cook or how to cook it.

-You'll make 5 times what you make on land. But you'll be working 84 to 105 hours a week and you'll be trapped on a boat or rig for weeks without a break.

-You'll get lots of time off. You'll work for 4 weeks straight, you'll save tons of money. They pay for food and someone does your laundry. You spend no money on the boat. And then you'll have 2 or three weeks to travel if you wish. I just got back from South America for three months. I asked for the time off, and my company said, "Go man. Have fun."

-You'll get lots of experience. Making your own menu and putting in grocery orders for 50 to 80 people will teach you a lot about the food business.

-It's easy to outdo everyone. There are tons of slugs working as cooks offshore. Some of them can't boil water. You'll be boss in no time of you can cook. I was a mere home cook and foodie when I started. I had never worked in a restaurant. And after 2 months on a dive ship, I was the man in charge. If you watch Food network and Hell's kitchen, then you already know more than the other idiots cooking offshore.They have no clue about a beschemel or a mirepoix or a roux. 

It's not for everyone. It's for men, really. Most companies won't even hire women because it's usually drama. And not because I'm disparaging the women, it causes drama with 50 men on a boat. And many men can't hack it. If you can't be away from your wife for 4 weeks at a time, then don't go offshore. 

It's not anything I meant to get into. I had a midlife catastrophe and had to find something new. I liked cooking and went for a job offshore. But I find myself digging it usually. I really like that I don't have to cook someone else's menu or recipes. I just cook whatever I want. But it gets stormy sometimes and the boat rocks around and all your pots slide around, and being trapped in that boat-jail can get rough. But then I think about my next trip overseas with all the cash I'm saving, and then I feel better. :)
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