Monday, August 24, 2009

Tribute to the Kitchenhand

TV Chefs are loved and hated in our industry. I would say the ones that hate predominantly are jealous that they get the easy celebrity life, while the rest of us slave away. A hater's greatest rage are the celebrity chefs who claim to be chefs (does not include home cooks) but don't work in the kitchen anymore - who are no longer able to keep up with the pace of being a real chef.

I will admit that I am one of those who wishes to make fake smiles and groaning noises about how 'good' the food tastes in front of hot lights and camera then to run out of prep because we've been doing 100+ covers a service.

But this post, I want to pay respects to the other end; the hidden, forgotten side: the boys who makes life for us chefs that much easier; mostly Thais and Bangalis on working visas, earning their PRs for their family the only way they can: in jobs that were nothing like the ones they had back home: Engineers, IT, even some doctors.

These guys clean up barrage after barrage of dishes, hot pots and pans. They also do all those jobs that chefs hate to do; peel potatoes for your hand cut chips, peel onions, ginger, galangal (and oh, how I hate peeling that **it), sort through the salad...

This post is paying respects to you, kitchenhands!

(and to the occasional student who can stand the heat, this goes out to you too)

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