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Sunday, January 13, 2008

Do Anything You Wanna Do: Of life and cheffery

Ahhhh, a day off. When I was in the kitchen, I didn't want to leave, but now that I'm home, I don't want to go back. This is the tension that I've noticed-- the two lives cannot mix-- kitchen and outside the kitchen. I become absorbed, enmeshed in the activity and the rhythms and sounds of the kitchen...the smells.

I'm learning so much and running so much. Lifting so much. Bending so much. Carrying so much. Moving out of the way so much. Falling behind so much. Doing everything slower than everyone else. So much. Standing around and looking like a lost much.

I'm learning it, though. I'm understanding much more of the language that once seemed so foreign; the blur of bodies moving now seems to have much more purpose. I know many of the techniques and skills that I need, but now have to make them more confident and expedient. That will take time.

All of this is to say that, as much as I was confident about my bbq and knowledge of cooking, I had never worked in a professional kitchen, let alone one that puts out this high volume of food, so I was uncertain about giving up my day job and whether I could make this transition. It's starting to seem like maybe, just maybe, the gamble (so to speak) was worth it. More than I imagined.

Click Here to hear Eddie & The Hot Rods: Do Anything You Wanna Do


Blogger WhiteTrashBBQ said...

I always knew you could do it.

You are an inspiration and a profile in courage.

12:14 PM  
Blogger Terry said...

You'll be fine Backyard, just trust in your heart and your skills. You'll do fine brother...

Life is the hard part.

Eveything else is a cake walk...


8:25 PM  
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2:52 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Brotha!

You ARE doing it! Good for you. We are all rooting for your success in the pro kitchen. You can do it Duffy Moon!

Speaking of doing anything you wanna do, I've been hard at play in the studio lately. I'll post some photos of the progess I've made later today. So much fun.

Here's some advice my friend Chef LeBourgne always told us punters when we were leaving his kitchen for the day..."remember to clean your shoes before you leave, a shiny shoe is a happy shoe." Yes he reall said this every day, and he would get on your case if your shoes were dirty. Still do clean my shoes last thing every time I get ready to leave the kitchen for the day.

Peace, T.Primo

1:32 PM  
Blogger Eric Devlin said...


Are you finding that your professional obligations are taking away from your enjoyment of cooking as a hobby?

Learning any new tricks we will see on display at Grillin' on the Bay?


1:43 PM  

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