"Do more of what makes you happy." —Carmel McConnell, author
I have met cooks that would crawl across a desert made of mayonnaise and broken glass to help a fellow kitchen mate. I have witnessed the current boyfriend and the ex-boyfriend work shoulder-to-shoulder during a fully-racked Friday night grind that pushed sales into the outer stratosphere. I have worked with some of the fattest human beings to waddle across the street to get behind a six-burner and push out food that would make your mama cry, all with the grace of the entire Bolshoi Ballet. All for one reason.
These kitchen hooligans, societal deviants, ex-cons and culinary school darlings alike care about what they do. We don’t have the best working hours, nor drive the prettiest of cars. Hell, we can barely behave in public - or not at all - but the unique care that some cooks bring to the meal is measured in cleaned plates and out-loud smiles. How do you teach a cook to care? Once there are some guiding lights, it becomes a reality.Read More