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Old 10-25-2006, 10:05 AM   #11
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Way to go IC. That is something to be very proud of!
it sounds to me like you have already made your decision. Don't forget that you can of course be a patron at one of those restaurants as well. Yes Mr. K. will not be feeding you for free that way of course, but 3 months without pay is a long time.

Whatever you decide, I am sure you will continue to do great things!
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:05 AM   #12
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I would beg borrow and steal money to support myself in this once in a lifetime adventure.

Perhaps you could room in someone's house and pay the board with cooking for them.

Once you get there, maybe some of the chef assistants could point you in the right direction for cheap housing.

Really all you'd have to worry about is a room, transportation and toiletries.
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Old 10-25-2006, 10:59 AM   #13
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An internship with Thomas Keller???

Ai Yi Yi. What an opportunity!!! I would try to make it work any way I could.

P.S. pick up the book "The Soul of a Chef" by Michael Ruhlman. It's a book in three parts, the middle of which is about TK and is very interesting.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:04 AM   #14
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First of all, contratulations and WOW, seems like a great opportunity.

Am not and never have been a chef or sommelier (I always have to look up how to spell that).

Only you know your situation and what you want to do.

I once was offered a chance to be at a very pretigious university, even though it was a bit out of my field.

Took it and wound up with a job there.

After that it always got my resume to the top of the pile.

That would be one plus.

Also, very few have a chance to extern in places like those. Shine and you may well be noticed by others.

I do not know your situation regarding family, money, all of those things that must go into such a decision.

But I doubt this could hurt you and may help you quite a bit.

Just the take of someone who is a bit older and gone about the block. Take it for what it is worth. Whatever you decide, best of luck.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:39 AM   #15
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What is your career direction? Do you hope to work as a chef or a master sommolier? If the latter, this may be a good move.

You just moved across the Pacific (OK, half way) for this job. Are you willing to give it up after less than a year to do a three-month eternship? Then you have to find anther job.
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Old 10-25-2006, 11:56 AM   #16
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#1 - waaaaaay to go! #2 - why aren't you there yet?

Is there some kind of living quarter arrangements or would you have to spend big bucks on a place to live? Can you rent a room? What would you do with your "stuff"? No matter which field you lean towards there's no doubt they go hand-in-hand - there's just no better combination and with that combination I think you would be a HUGE asset to the restaurant industry - maybe even to TK himself!!! And like someone said just the information you will absorb when it comes to their food will be monumental!!!! As young as you are and at this particular point in your career I don't know how you can pass it up. I'd have to say go - with reckless abandon!
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:29 PM   #17
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Perhaps you could room in someone's house and pay the board with cooking for them.
I'm with Jan on this!

Ironchef, you are young and very talented - I say go for it. This is the best time to do such an amazing thing (it may be hard in 10 years, if you were to have a family to support by then)

Adding this to your resume, plus tasting all of TK's cooking??!!

Go, man, go~!
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Old 10-25-2006, 12:49 PM   #18
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IC, if we sound like we're trying to push you into taking this incredible opportunity, youre absolutely right! Take it from a bunch of folks who are quite a bit older than you......

Later on, "coulda-woulda-shoulda" is small comfort. And if you're coming to New York, I have a couch that would be available at least until you find something closer to Columbus Circle...
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:05 PM   #19
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congrats ic.

like a few have said, the time to take risks, especially a pay cut is when you're young. a sacrifice now will be worth it for many years to come.

it doesn't take much responsibility to tie you down, and make this decision not even possible. so i say, if you can, do it now.
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Old 10-25-2006, 01:29 PM   #20
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This is what banks are for.. Take out a small loan to cover you for 3 months.

and im sure if you call TKs people and explain your situation i dunno maybe you can also parttime for them in a kitchen?
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