"It takes a certain mentality to work in a restaurant kitchen, a certain finesse and a mind in the gutter to keep you sane".
The pots and pans clanging together are the symphony introduction to the Opera of the shift to come. There is something quite peaceful about it.
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The rehearsals are daily, starting at the crack of dawn as the hard-knuckled, burnt, broken and rebuilt Head Chef arrives. The rest of the cast arrive, each in their own state of repair from the night before.
"We work while others playand we play while others sleep"
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As the Head Chef walks through, conducting each section, a sense of calm prevails - all will be good. The "Five P Principle" firmly guides each cast member - Proper Preparation Prevents Poor Performance.
FIFO (no not Fifa) lends a hand to the crisp movement of stock - First In, First Out.
"A car does not work without its engine, unless of course you are The Flinstones and the "HP" stands for "Human Power"
As midday approaches, the cast know that this is the final dress rehearsal for the day. Lunch is the time to iron out the kinks, put the final touches of pointed toes and non-slip steel capped shoes in the right places and get the mind in gear.
For when you get the idea that the afternoon will be there to catch-up on a mindless activity, you blink and suddenly you are scurrying around looking for that whisk that was just there a minute ago. Choice words flying through your mind like a minion high on coffee
Time for a break is relative as well, as it is the two minutes that you steal while on your way to collecting the vital ingredient that is conveniently located further than five steps from your station. A criminal feeling of guilt passes through you as you become a thief of your own time and it feels good.
It is almost time for the real show to start, will you be there to witness it.....
Just wait for me and find out......