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Old 02-12-2005, 11:53 PM   #11
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Hey, Choc! Happy to see you around! :D
{{{{DampCharcoal}}} you sweetie pie you!

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Old 02-13-2005, 12:53 PM   #12
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I cooked for 3 years in one of the top 2 restaurants in our area. I absolutely lived and breathed it - adored it - loved it - was glad when it was over :oops: Hard work - very rewarding - but not condusive to normal living for a single mother.


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Old 02-15-2005, 09:52 AM   #14
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I was once a short-order cook for Pikes Peak Community College in Colorado Springs, Colorado. That lasted for about a year, and I found out later that I had quite a following for my grilled cheese sandwich.

In one semester, I went from being the new guy to basically running the place. It was a lot of fun.
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Old 02-15-2005, 10:04 AM   #15
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I've spent most of my working life in the kitchen, starting as a wee lad as a dish dog. I worked my way up thru the ranks cooking in fast food and tourist traps til I landed in a family style joint. Eventually I moved here where I eventually became the kitchen manager for one of the nicer restaurants in SooFoo, and later served as the chef for a major hotel property.

I got out of the biz for about four years, during which time I worked in credit card collections. Once I'd had all I could take of that, I decided to get back to "real work." I recently started for a local "chain" (not a franchise, but they're expanding quickly). Pretty nice place. Soon I'll have to decide whether or not to go back to school (my #1 plan at the moment) or rededicate myself to the restaurant biz (which would entail getting back to chef'ing/management).

Right now it's just good to be working at something I like again. I figure the future will sort itself out. 8)
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Old 02-15-2005, 01:59 PM   #16
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I started working fast food as a kid. Did a 3-month stint at a major camp kitchen feeding 1200 folks every meal. Got out of the food biz and worked at JCPenny's for a few years (great benefits, lousy managers). Went back into the fast food places for a few years. Then, I moved out of my parent's home, and started cooking for myself. Realized I had a knack for it, so I started going to college for a Culinary Arts degree. Quit the fast food joints and went to work in a real restaurant, a cajun place. Then went to a country club, and worked there for 4 1/2 years. Moved to Michigan to be with my now DW for the birth of our kids. Started working at a steak house. Then, I went to another country club, at which I'm still working.

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