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    What keeps you around an open flame? or flat top? or fryer and such...

    A couple questions for our chefs and cooks.
    What motivated you to cook for a living and what keeps you going?

    I'm a culinary school dropout that got sucked back in a few years down the road
    with a phone call from a friend. Since that "I guess I can help" moment years have come and gone and I love my field more than ever.
    It probably has to do with the creative aspect, being a part of people coming together around a table and in most cases complimenting a good time with good food. I've got love for the job and I wholeheartedly believe that though intangible it's effect on food is great. I think this marks the first time I've put my passion for the kitchen to text so that's enough from me.

    Thought it'd be cool to hear from the extended kitchen fam here on kkf.

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    Ten years in and I still think nothing beats the feeling if a really busy service. Especially when you have a great and skilled crew around you, and can achieve something a bit special.

    Also I dislike my family and friends. The less I see of them the better.

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    I love that its different every day, the craft aspect, the transformation of raw material and the camaraderie of the kitchen

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    the art of plating and aspect of teamwork keeps me in it. I love the feeling at the end of the night knowing that everyone crushed a service that was too many to be possible. if that makes any sense. when they seat 90 people in 30 minutes and you are hustling so hard your veins pop. Its the thrill of the service, and its the feeling of a job well done that keeps me in it. Ive always worked blue collar so I know a hard days work and I appreciate it. If you have never done that and have pushed pencils or delt with clients then more power to you. But a days hard work makes you feel good and helps you sleep at night.
    "A recipe has no soul. You as the cook must bring soul to the recipe." -Thomas Keller

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    Everyday I come back from work , I read about food , wine , cooking and all cooking related things .With the arrival of each seasons produce , game ,fish and good meat I try to execute them with my vision and my methods cooking. From the second the idea of a combination or a dish is planted until it goes to the menu I try to make it as perfect as I can. We taste the dish many many times and once we are convinced it fits in what we do then the real excitement starts. It will be put on the menu and you anxiously wait to see it being ordered. I work in a open kitchen. There is only 35 seats inside my restaurant and I always have eye contact with each table. When the dishes are dropped in front of the quests you see them excited about what you are presenting and seeing their facial impressions after their first bites.. Then you turn around to your crew and see them share this excitement with you from the idea of a dish to a smile on a face that's what keeps me going

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    I'm far from being in the same situation as all of you BOH guys...but for 20 years I have pursued the craft in my home kitchen b/c I love providing a deep, rich experience of food to people. I hardly ever cook for just myself, even when I want to...I've come to the conclusion that I get more joy from providing the experience than having it. Plus, as was mentioned by others, above: the way that it helps people come together for a communal experience is very powerful.
    Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.

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    First and foremost being the creative aspect...since I was young everyone in my family always said I was creative...and being able to meld together different ingredients and flavor is enjoyable to me...Also there is nothing better than someone coming back to the kitchen and saying "compliments to the chef" on this or that...pleasing people is a big aspect to me...it feels good when someone truly enjoys something you created

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    the only job i can think of where i don't get bored of doing. ie it's fun.

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    Definitely the fortune and fame it provides me.
    Not to mention the boatloads of sex with many different hot women.
    If "Its" and "Buts" was candy and nuts, we'd all have a Merry Christmas
    -Cleon "Slammin'" Salmon

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    Quote Originally Posted by knyfeknerd View Post
    Definitely the fortune and fame it provides me.
    Not to mention the boatloads of sex with many different hot women.

    I KNEW it!!
    Remember: You're a unique individual...just like everybody else.

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