Unique among the Waiting On Tables cast, these two guys are actually based on a pair of chefs I worked with at my last hospitality role.
They are completely different from other senior kitchen staff that I have worked with: they don’t smoke, rarely drink after work, almost never swear at their staff, and – if they had the time – were quite happy to explain how the more complex dishes came about.
To me they were two of the best chefs you could ask to work with – and yet other staff members feared going into the kitchen.
I know that this scenario isn’t exactly what you’d call representational of a majority of venue kitchens around the world but it’s still one of my favourites memories.
But stick around – there are still a few horror stories to come.
Do you have any to share? I’d love to hear them!
Speaking of hospitality horror stories, one cartoonist who tells the really well is the super-storyteller Nick Hamilton who produces Sock Puppet Army. If you have ever worked a restaurant gig I guarantee that you will recognise some of the characters from your own experiences.
Also before you ask, no money changed hands for that highly accurate promotion. He is that good.
See you on Thursday!