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.
It’s not often we make it into the restaurant where my husband works. It’s over an hour in the car (and our kids are horrible car riders) and there’s the fear of them being disruptive in a quiet, fine dining restaurant or yelling, “Daddy,” when they see him.
The girls ask to eat there all time time, especially on his days off. But what chef wants to go eat at his work (and make that long commute again) on his day off?
I just love to watch him teach. I love that when he talks to groups, he just teaches a technique or method of how to do something and then talks about all the ways you can adapt it for the different seasons. (more…)
As a chef, my husband is often asked questions when he’s in the grocery store during the work day with his chef coat on. I guess if I was looking at an ingredient in the store and saw a chef walk up, I would probably ask a question too.