Everyone-EVERYONE at the restaurant is so nice. They were welcoming and funny and made me feel right at home immediately. I even got called pretty twice in the first half hour!!
Things I did:
1. Sliced shrimp horizontally and balled them up into 5.5 oz balls for saute.
2. Cut and cleaned calamari and bagged them into 10 oz bags for cooking.
3. Cut 6 billion chicken breasts into strips for saute. That was fun b/c as I was doing it, they were calling for it on the line so I was under pressure.
4. Ripped 800 lbs of basil to make a vat of pesto.
5. Sliced and prepared tomatoes to be roasted for salad.
Yes, I am in the prep kitchen. Which is fantastic. First-the guys back there are great. They're funny and patient but also very crude! I had to throw out a few "F" bombs to prove my worthiness b/c they kept saying, "Sorry" after making jokes. And b/c I'm not offended by those things, I became my sarcastic self, which is always fun. Especially when you can rag on people and laugh.
Things I learned:
1. I was reminded by 2 people again that I do very poorly with the direct flirt. Direct flirt and me are not friends. Putting it out there just makes me nervous and that's not good, especially when I have a knife in my hand.
2. Working in a kitchen is very different than working in culinary school. Obviously it's more chaotic, but also less sanitary (the restaurant isn't dirty at all, but in school they are crazy fanatical about it.) and the knives are not as sharp.
3. Cutting with a dull knife when you are not a seasoned chef gives you a BFB (Big Fuckin Blister) on your index finger. It is nice though when your new chef friend/mentor puts it on for you and says, "Now, don't you ever say I didn't give you no love mommy". He didn't really call me mommy, but it felt like he should have.
4. Leche is all the rage the back of the house. Even though it's not funny. The boys think it is.
5. Being one of the only girls (There are only 2 of us) in the kitchen is-I'm not gonna lie-kinda fun.
6. Culinary school has taught me nothing about the restaurant business. I know, I'm still new, but truly, the men I met tonight are extremely talented, yet not formally trained. I can't wait to learn from them!
7. If people really want to know if you are having sex. They're going to just ask. Being a prude isn't the way to go in a kitchen.
8. Tiramisu cake is yummy. Especially when the customers are too drunk to know that we have a huge chunk of it in the back and are eating it. No, it's not better than sex...
9. In the real world, you do not have to wash your dishes or scrub your floors. There are people to do that for you.
10. Working with a Yankee fan is tough. Especially when he knows you aren't a Yankees fan and makes you stand right by the radio to listen to the game when you are working.
Things I need to learn:
2. How to snap a towel and hit someone butt. (I told a guy tonight that if he ever did that to me, I'd kick his ass) ;)
3. Where everything is in their walk-in. Someone came to get me after about 5 minuts b/c I couldn't figure out where to put the chicken!
Things that are funny just to me:
1. The look on my face when I cut a tomatoe in half and threw it away instead of in the container.
2. The embarassed look on someones face when someone told me something about him.
4. When Mr. CM and I went to eat there months ago we saw a display case move in the wall. I'm working behind that. When I mentioned it to the pastry chef and told the story she said, "That was probably my ass!"
It was cool. I loved it. My feet are killing me. My belly is full b/c I got to take home my dinner. It was pasta with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, chicken (that I sliced) and tomato sauce. And garlic. I was so hungry from not eating since lunch that I just now scarfed it down.
I'm gonna have some weird dreams tonight!! Oh, and I got a baseball hat with the name on it and I don't have to wear a neckercheif.
I may never leave this place. ;) 10 hour shift tomorrow!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!