A brief update.
Shortly after we last left off a few weeks ago, I logged onto Amazon to pick out a few necessities for my new double life. Nonskid kitchen shoes (luckily Skechers had a decent-looking pair so I could maintain my resolve to never buy Crocs), a roll-up knife bag, blade covers/sleeves, fish boning tweezers, and a vegetable peeler. Oh, and a copy of Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, a memoir of his experiences in the restaurant industry. The good, the bad, and the ugly, so to speak.
The items have since arrived. Not gonna lie, having my own knife bag makes me feel a little badass. The shoes are a perfect fit despite having bought them online. And I started reading Kitchen Confidential which has so far been amusing, insightful, and just the teeniest bit horrifying. I can’t wait to get started.
I also emailed my contact at a local restaurant to inquire about the Chef’s availability. I made an appointment to come by this week and ask my first choice restaurant if I can stage there on Saturdays. I have no idea how the conversation will go, or whether he will even have a decision for me the same day. It’s a bit scary and intimidating. You would think that asking to work for free would be less nerve-wracking than walking into a traditional job interview, but I find myself feeling anxious and nervous and excited all at the same time.
Here’s to hoping.