I complain about the negatives of kitchen life and the hardship that go along with this career path. I don’t need to sum up all the drawbacks and inherent wrongness of this job line, so I will consolidated all my complaining into a list for those who may still be in the dark: it generally sucks all around, it’s hard and nobody ever says good job, no vacation time, no sick days (unless you are in the hospital, and deep cuts do not always counts, depends on if it’s a holiday in which case the answer is always no), fire, very sharp knives, very hot things that want to burn you, heavy things, competitive environment, egotism, low pay sometimes even no pay, no respect, sometimes you get yelled at like you are a child misbehaving, incompetent coworkers who get paid the same, small working environment, no privacy, constant harassment, you have to fight for the tools you need, you have to clean a lot, no sitting down, if you do get to eat that will be while standing.
So instead of further complaining, we are going to change the hands of power. People need to eat, that demand will never go away. Beyond job security, the stability is intrinsic. I can take a break, walk away, say fuck you hungry people I am going to be a writer! I will break your heart and you will hate me. But when I say, hey, I am back in town, want something to eat? You will not say no, you will not refuse my cool offer of a hot meal.
I want to travel everywhere on this great and green planet. This wish is very conflicting with working in a restaurant. But what if I could cook from home, making delicious and healthy meals, sell enough product so that I can give myself 2 months off a year? I could be private chef for any special occasion. I will be your very own caterer. I will bring my own pots and knives, and I will be polite and cook and serve. I will wash the dishes and you will pay me a good amount of money because it will be very nice. Think about wearing whatever you want while you eat a fancy meal, instead of those stuffy clothes.
Sounds crazy, but you don’t know how good I am at being poor. I have been refining my skill for decades now. Food for motivation, your reality is what you make it.