Kitchen

It has been exactly a month since I’ve left Paris and sometimes it’s hard to explain what I went through in the kitchen. There were some pretty bad experiences in the first restaurant I worked in, but I learned what it really was like to work at a professional Michelin star restaurant at the second place I worked at. I met some great people there and this post is dedicated to them.

8 a.m.

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That’s usually what the sky looked like on winter mornings when I got out of alma marceau metro station on my way to work.

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On summer days my walk to work looked more like this

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And there’s the restaurant, right across from the museum of modern art. we sat on the steps of the museum during our break

As soon as I get to the restaurant, I get changed into my kitchen clothes and start the day by peeling hundreds of fresh langoustine for the raviolis.

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One day we lost electricity during prep, but it didn’t stop us from working in the dark

The mornings are used to prepare everything for lunch service. Usually all the fish is prepared, and all the mis en place for each station has to be done before service at 12:30 p.m. I spent my first few weeks at the vegetable station and I spent hours picking herbs, preparing the spinach,which took forever to wash, dry, and choose (we only use the pretty leaves) and making purees. I was then moved to the garde manger and had to manage my own station, which was to prepare things for the amuse bouche and canapés.

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one of the days at work where we had to wade through undrained water in the kitchen during morning prep. Our feet were all wet.

11:30 a.m.
Sometimes I would be in charge of making lunch for the team.

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everyone eating phad thai for lunch

12:30 p.m.
Service starts

I don’t have too many photos during service but here’s just a glimpse of what goes on before the food gets to the customers

3-5:30 p.m.
If I was working the dinner shift too, I would go back home for a nap. But if I wasn’t I would stay to prep for dinner service.

7:30 p.m.
Dinner service starts

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On quieter nights, my friend marvin (who was in charge of the meet station) would teach me  how to cook whole fish perfectly

Usually someone famous comes to eat at the restaurant and comes into the kitchen

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12 a.m.IMG_6198And there you have it! I usually got home and went to bed for a couple hours before doing this all over again the next day.

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