Does Age Matter?

I stumbled into a conversation at work recently between my chef and the pastry chef. They were speculating on how old Leon, one of our dishwashers is. The other dishwashers are basically kids – around 20 and 22 years old. But Leon’s clearly got some mileage on him and the years have not been kind.Continue reading “Does Age Matter?”

Christmas in New England

It’s been said that when you live somewhere long enough, it becomes a part of you. Sure, maybe it’s been four years since I returned to New York. Sure, maybe I live only five minutes from the suburb where I grew up. But after leaving New York at eighteen, I spent the better part ofContinue reading “Christmas in New England”

Mom’s Mohingha

I arrive at my parents’ house with a bag of onions, four heads of garlic, a bunch of scallions, and a bunch of cilantro. Mom’s already cooked rice vermicelli, and poached catfish to show me how to make her version of Mohinga, a fish and noodle stew unofficially recognized as the national dish of MyanmarContinue reading “Mom’s Mohingha”

From Culinary Extern to the Line Cook

I start my first job as a line cook tomorrow.  After completing my culinary school training, and a voluntary externship with a well-established restaurant group on the Upper West Side, I’ve accepted a position at a small fine dining restaurant in Brooklyn.  I’m not new to restaurant work, having waited tables during and after college,Continue reading “From Culinary Extern to the Line Cook”