Before I begin, please remember that I love that my husband is a chef. I truly believe this is the perfect job for him.
But with that being said, I often wonder if the restaurant is physically killing the chef.
(You should probably also know that my husband has been home very sick for the past 2 days as I write this.)
There are many nights I see my chef/husband walk in the door so exhausted, he falls asleep the second his head hits the pillow.
Other nights he comes home starving because he’s only tasted things all day and hasn’t really had a meal all day long.
Often he gets up multiple times during the night to drink a quart of water, Gatorade or iced tea because he’s so dehydrated.
Then there are the nights he comes home and heads straight for the cupboard and grabs the ibuprofen because of pain.
None of these things are good!
So, I ask again . . .
The job of a chef or line cook is so physically hard on their bodies!
I hate seeing my chef/husband in pain and so exhausted he can hardly think straight. I love the job, but hate what it does to his body physically. It seems like no matter how hard he tries to take care of himself, the job often gets in the way. (Don’t even get me started on the month of December . . .)
Why is it that eating well and working out seem to be the first things to go when they get extra busy? (OK, why is it that those are the first things to go when I get busy as well . . . I guess it’s not just a chef thing.)
Burns, cuts, tennis elbow (or as I would call it “cutting elbow” from cutting so much food at a fast pace for a long time), back pain, shoulder pain . . . the list could go on and on.
So is the restaurant physically killing the chef? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.
From one chef wife to another,