THE WORLD OF DISCONTENT SERVICE

As I walked around O’Hare Airport waiting for my flight I became acutely aware of a serious problem that exists in our country. I have seen this problem elsewhere before, experienced it first hand in some of the places where I have worked, and likely have had moments where this problem consumed me for a…

A COOK’S LIFE IS A LONELY LIFE

They are crusty, full of energy when it is needed, sometimes antagonistic, committed, good at what they do, big-hearted, and oftentimes lonely as hell. This is a side of far too many line cooks and chefs that never really makes the press – a side that plagues many cooks who work their passion so that…

CONNECTING WITH THE SPIRIT OF ESCOFFIER

Long before David Chang, Grant Achatz, Ferran Adria, Alice Waters, and Nancy Silverton; ages before molecular gastronomy, convenience foods, tapas menus, and contemporary tasting menus; and ages before restaurants became entertainment and chefs were viewed as celebrities – there was Escoffier. Many chefs had and continue to have an impact on what we eat and…

IN THE WEEDS

We have all been there – that moment when it all falls apart. The cold sweats while standing over an intensely hot range or char grill with flames lapping six inches above the grates. An uncharacteristic grab for a red-hot pan handle seals the deal as the line cook drops the pan, swears like a…

EARN MY VOTE

To those running for the 435 House of Representative seats and 34 Senate seats in 2016, I would like you to earn my vote and those of reasonable Americans who reside in your districts.  Once the dust settles and it is known who will be running, I intend to send the following to every candidate…

LINE COOKS – THE KITCHEN WARRIORS

  Every day, every night in the kitchen is the culmination of hours of preparation for battle. Similar to any pre-determined military skirmish or battle on the athletic field – preparing for service requires a definitive strategy, detailed organization, respect for the chain of command, exhaustive training, nerves of steel, and a determination to win.…