Recently I have been experimenting with different flavors and foods, especially with working in the vegan restaurant kitchen because I am able to see how professional chefs put ingredients to work and create fantastic dishes! It is so amazing to be able to work in a kitchen of a restaurant in the city and to be able to make desserts for them and prepare foods for the main dishes. Just being in the kitchen gives me a feeling of comfort. I am inspired to cook, to be creative and to do research about new recipes.
I worked incredibly hard this week and after each shift, I feel completely exhausted, but also like I actually did something with my time. Serving people might not be the most ideal position for some, but for me I enjoy analyzing the customers and watching for their reactions to the food. It can be very emotionally and physically draining and I think that’s what affects me most at the end of the night.
This past Saturday night was a bit rough because I had to learn all of the new desserts features on the menu and I had gotten so accustomed to the old desserts that I had to rewire my brain to make the new cheesecake dish, chocolate tart dish and the others. Though they are so incredibly delicious and totally fun to prepare and present to the customer, it takes mental and physical power to successfully create the dessert dish. Up until now I have been working on the desserts, but I just got news that I will be promoted to working on cold appetizers because of my ability to quickly prepare dishes and accurately time out the prep work. How exciting! Sweet deal! Time to get my fingers dirty in food other than powdered sugar and chocolate- hmmmmmm. Also, I learned where not to touch a knife. I got cut twice at work because my fingers slide across the sharpest point on the knife and that is right near the handle. It’s the sharpest because it is never used! Apparently my fingers were drawn to this point and I had to wear two band aids and two gloves to shield my cuts. I thought it was pretty funny, but the pain and annoyance of sprinkling granola and scooping pear slices into the desserts while wearing gloves was not so funny!