Things you should know before deciding to work in a kitchen

Kim Carroll

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Clean up by Kim Carroll
Clean up by Kim Carroll

 

The business of food has taken a surge in popularity in recent years. Both cooking and eating are abundantly fashionable, with more content related to food available across all media platforms than ever before. People thinking about entering the world of gastronomy ask me all the time what being a chef is like. I’ve compiled a list of the realities of the industry based on my own experiences and observations within kitchens.

      1. Constant heat and noise make people crazy. For the first few months as a chef you will be terrified by every single one of your colleagues. You’ll eventually forget about this feeling, until one day you see the glance of fear the new commis gives you. via GIPHY
      2. You will have burns and open wounds on your hands and arms at all times. It can be a embarrassing if you’re wearing short sleeves, but most of the time you’ll feel like a hardass bitch.
      3. Speaking of burns, hot showers will be painful.                     via GIPHY
      4. You won’t get time off for birthdays, weddings or anniversaries. After a while, some people will stop inviting you and you will feel sad- but also kinda relieved because you hate saying no all of the time.
      5. You will either become chubby or lose a heap of weight.

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      6. It will become incredibly difficult to watch friends or loved ones cook.

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  • Whether it be coffee, cigarettes, alcohol, drugs or jellybabies; you will develop an addiction of some kind.

 

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      1. You will never prepare nice dinners for yourself at night – you’ll be too tired and fed up of the kitchen. In fact, you will consume most of your food out of the bottom of a saucepan hunched over a bin.

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  • You will develop an macabre fascination with knives. Or spoons, if you’re a pastry chef. via GIPHY
  • If you are a woman, you will be constantly on the butt-end of misogynist jokes, sexual harassment and remarks regarding your menstrual cycle.

 

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    • Good quality produce will make you feel genuine love for the planet.

      The day I caught a fish by Kim Carroll
      The day I caught a fish by Kim Carroll
    • You will not be allowed to call in sick for work.
    • You will develop killer leg muscles from standing for 12 hours a day.

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    • You will joke to your friends that you’re in the ‘RA because you’ve burned off most of your fingerprints.
    • You’ll experience crazy endorphin highs after Saturday night service that will leave you unable to sleep for hours.

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  • If you are the right person, you will become absolutely obsessed with it all.

 

 

 

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