I will never forget when my chef/husband was promoted from the pantry station to the broiler station. Of course any promotion is exciting, but the reason I remember it might not be what you think.
(Oh, before I forget, If you’re new to my site, start here and then come back and read the rest of the post.)
Besides the new types of stains on his chef coats which were more difficult to remove (see tips on how to get stains out of chef coats here), the smell of his chef clothes changed DRASTICALLY!! Ugh! We lived in a small apartment and he had to leave the dirty chef clothes in the other room each night, or the smell permeated our bedroom!
Stop laughing at me. I know you’ve had the same problem. Chef clothes just stink!
For a while, a good wash took care of the smell. But after a while, the chef pants, chef coats and even the aprons started to keep part of the oily, grimy, kitchen smell. When that happens, you have to either try another method of cleaning them or have a bonfire in the backyard with them.
My husband is an amazing chef. I love to learn from him and enjoy all the food he makes, but I really dislike washing chef coats. And when I say dislike, I really mean hate.
I really have nothing nice to say about chef coats. They are big and bulky and stains stick to them like super glue.
With each restaurant change (and there have been quite a few as my husband has moved up in his career), come new chef coats and the task of finding what cleaning treatment will work the best for that specific coat.
If you are like me, you have googled, “How to clean a chef coat” on numerous occasions as you struggle to get out those stains that somehow made it past the apron.
It’s 10 pm on Valentine’s Day. The house is clean and quiet, and as I sit here thinking back on our day, I wonder how my husband’s day went in the restaurant. We talked once before the dinner rush started at 4 pm and I look forward to the call from him saying he’s on his way home and that the night went well.
While many holidays are difficult for me being married to a chef, Valentine’s Day is not one of them. Valentine’s Day is CRAZY BUSY in the restaurant, so the thought of going out that evening is not appealing. So if my husband was off, we would be home, choosing to celebrate on another evening. But since that will never happen (at least I hope not as that would probably mean he was unemployed), here I sit in a quiet house by myself (with 3 sleeping children). (more…)
To conclude this series, today let’s think about all the customers that are going into the restaurants our chefs are working in.
For me, I picture a large fine dining restaurant, where people are dressed up, ready to meet family and friends to celebrate Christmas or just to enjoy a nice meal in the midst of all the hussle and bussle.
(Although I have to be honest. I am at the point where I have to ask my husband what restaurant he’s going to be at each day, because of transitioning into a new position at work. But for the holidays, I picture him at my favorite one!)
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