"...For the past six months, I've spent my Saturdays working in a restaurant kitchen. I'm a "trail" or, if you're fancy and French, a "stage," which makes me basically a part-time apprentice. It's a very nice kitchen, staffed by chefs and servers who are good at what they do and are also overwhelmingly cool people. Armed with my beginner's set of knives and the knowledge that I knew nearly nothing, I came into the kitchen ready to absorb everything I saw and chop until my arm fell off -- which it very nearly did.
I learned many things while working in the kitchen -- like how to make garlic confit, and the trick to perfect hash browns -- but there were 5 lessons that really stuck with me. I pass them along to you, with the hope that they might inspire you to give up your day job (or at least your Saturday mornings) to try your hand at kitchen life."
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