After butchering my first rabbit.
My sincerest apologies for being an absentee blogger these days. My new job working at the garde manger (gahrd mahn-ZHAY) station in the kitchen of a restaurant has left me with little or no time for anything. I spend all day preparing food for others, but it is near impossible to find the time to cook for myself and all of you, let alone compose a worthy blog post. Working as much as I do, I struggle to find the time to do anything aside from sleeping. So it begins, the madness of my chosen career path. I have come to terms with the fact that this is now my life. Aside from the time I will be taking off to attend culinary school, I will be working long days and nights in the kitchen from here on out. To say I must sacrifice my life as I formerly knew it is an understatement. To reach the professional level I dream of, there is no slowing down for me.
It definitely takes a certain kind of person to be able to work in this industry, some may say legally insane. You must either have a great sense of humor or an endless passion for food to make it through a day of the chaos that never fails to take place in the kitchen. Lucky for me, I have both. If I was working any other job this religiously, I would probably have to be institutionalized. The hours are long and the job is a thankless one. Being in a hot kitchen all day definitely does something to a person but at least I am doing what I love.
This is my first job working in a professional kitchen and it has been such an invaluable experience for me. I learn something new every day. My head chef has previously worked for and been mentored by some of the biggest names in food. Each day I am more inspired than the last. I know with hard work and a little time, I too will have the privilege of working with those same chefs, chefs I have looked up to for years. I am ecstatic to go off to culinary school and improve my technique and learn even more about food from some of the most celebrated chefs in the world. Years from now, I want to be able to say I could forget more about food than most people will ever learn in their lives.
Recently, I made a trip out to Phoenix, Arizona, where I lived for 6 years before moving back to New York in April. The week off was much-needed because I haven’t had time for anything, especially my blog. During my visit, I made stops at some of my favorite food spots. Stay tuned for a taste of the Southwest.
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