Things I learned in the kitchen

Yesterday was my first day of my new job. I learned a lot and I thought any aspiring chefs among you might appreciate my highly informative musings.

1. My fingers are definitely no match for a razor sharp knife.

2. When slicing the edges of your fingers with a razor sharp knife, there is no time to actually feel what has happened. You just notice the blood starting to rise and strap it down tightly under a plaster and keep going.

3. You will find these cuts when making dinner later and squeezing some lemon over your rainbow trout. You will also find a whole network of other cuts that you hadn’t realised were there. Plus the egg shell cuts from a few days before.

4. Crouching over a chopping board all day gives you a bad back so you’ll enter feeling a 28 year old and leave feeling like a 70 year old.

5. An hour of yoga will help but it won’t quite get on top of it.

6. It is hot in the kitchen. It is even hotter leaving your shift and walking into the mid afternoon sun while still in black jeans.

7. You can never quite chop/slice/dice fast enough. Not quite.

8. There is always something to do in a kitchen. Something to roast, something to put in a bowl, something to put back in the fridge, something to wash.

9. Not doing any washing up is a revelation. Kitchen porters rock my world! I must remember to be very nice to him. My hands are grateful for not having to wash up but they are yet to enjoy being sliced.

10. Working out when to use initiative and do it yourself and when to ask for guidance is a balancing act. I’m not sure I’ve worked out when to do which yet.

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(Don’t worry, I don’t go to work with no shoes on!)

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18 responses to this post.

  1. Congrats on the new job. I hope it gets easier with time.

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  2. All the best in your new job! Cheers~ πŸ˜€

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  3. God love ya, I wouldn’t survive in a similar position. lol I always have respect for people who spend all day in a kitchen because I can barely handle spending half an hour in mine!

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  4. You look adorable and be CAREFUL!

    Way to be a chef or at least a chopper!
    xoxo

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  5. You made it through! I mean, I regularly slice-n-dice myself in the kitchen and I’m not smart enough to get paid for it!

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  6. Wow – you will be a dab hand before you’re finished – congratulations on your new job, and I hope it gets easier….

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  7. […] week, if you remember, I started a new job. I got to wear chef’s whites and I used knives so sharp that I’m still carrying the […]

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  8. Oh, so you only -leave- work barefooted. Got’cha xD

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