Have you ever thought about going to culinary school? It seems like a lot of people are all fired up about becoming chefs these days, but I have no idea why anyone would ever want to work in a restaurant kitchen.
- When I was younger, I worked in a restaurant, and let me tell you, it was a miserable experience.
Just about everyone was expected to work every holiday. Most restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas dinner, and certainly for New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Also, you have to work really late into the night. MOst restaurants don’t stop serving until 9:00 pm or even later. Worst of all, though, is working in the restaurant kitchen because it is miserably hot. Of course, the restaurants have a/c, but all of that air conditioning is mostly focused on the front of the house. There is a/c in the kitchen, but really, n o a/c in the world is strong enough to keep the thermostat reading low enough to be comfortable. There are several burners going constantly. There are no ceiling fans or fans of any kind, allowed. Being in the kitchen is like being in a furnace, and I used to have to drink about a gallon of water just to keep from passing out. I have heard that some of the really high-end restaurants have HVAC with zone control so they can set the a/c thermostat lower in the kitchen without freezing out the guests, but I never worked anywhere that had great a/c like that.