Monday, June 1, 2009

Back from Vacation: reflection

A whole week of relaxation....kind of anyway. I had a blast this week with the girls and the wife, really got to spend some much needed quality time with family and I think they enjoyed it too....I hope!

Being a chef though its tough to not think about food, the next menu, whats going on in the kitchen when Im not there. Its Saturday night.....busy, chefs tasting menus up the you know what....off site catered event and 2 cooks are off...aghhhhhhh

Luckily my crew is one of the best I have worked with in a very long time. As I walked in this morning there was peace and quite in the immaculate kitchen, clean everything in its place, inventory and weekly numbers came in great. No major issues to report.

I guess everything was fine... why did I worry? I didnt have to, thats for sure. Matt (CDC) always has things under control, Imani(Sous) steps up to the plate everytime he is supposed to. Maybe I miss being part of the action. I dont know what it is, Im a chef, Im a cook and its hard to take the kitchen out of me even when I am out of the kitchen.

But one things for sure, as I start to anylyze my carreer and my life, time away from the restaurant and food and more time with the family is a good thing,a great thing actually, keeps me balanced and refreshed. Im lucky to have a wife that understands my love for what I do, Im lucky to have a carreer that I love. Not many people are as lucky as I am. Off to play the lottery!

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