- Mar 1, 2011
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OK guys, sorry. "Retarted" was the wrong word to say. It was meant in a very fecitious manner. I didn't mean that BOH people are mentally incapable at all. I think BOH people generally have great work ethic, work skills, and they understand what it really means to "work".
I meant "retarted" in that despite being fully capable of doing whatever, you are STUCK. You are simply stuck in your profession that also represents a certain lifestyle. Despite being fully capable, you are Stuck in your position and simply don't know how to do anything else. It defines you as much as your race, religion, or heritage. Even a lawyer would be completely retarted to stay in the kitchen for too long, and I wouod say people like that never last a good 10+ years cooking. They simply have better options. You've been around a guy that's been doing it for 10+ years, you know he's stuck and has no better options in life.
You can glamorize it all you want by saying things like "masochists", "passion", "challenge", but at the end of the day, the vast majority of people are just STUCK. And as a BOH guy myself, I absolutely stand behind what I say. The simplest most honest reason why MOST keep keep doing what they do is because they are stuck. And that's absolutely OK.
I have a history degree from UNC. I worked for American Express as a financial forecaster. I have worked as a developer and have owned a successful construction supply company. Maybe you're right about people being stuck in this business. Fortunately, most of the people I know in this business prove you're point is wrong. Innovation and creativity sees no boundaries and I have met many people who have had successful careers as lawyers or entrepreneurs like myself and just like to cook. The difference is now is that I do it on my own terms. Will I be doing this in 2, 5, or 10 years? I will if I still enjoy it. If not I'll be doing something else.