Be Careful What You Wish For

It has been said that when you are at the highest expression of yourself, the line between your work and your life will disappear.  Nice thought, in theory. It was a gorgeous Sunday here in Brooklyn, and I was hoping to take the day to go out to my old apartment and tie up allContinue reading “Be Careful What You Wish For”

The Hulk has Left the Building

“You won’t like me when I’m angry.” I had only heard about him, this bad ass cook we had working at one of our sister restaurants.  A legend in his own time, he could run a busy saute station like no one else.  He owned that station – as he should, after working it forContinue reading “The Hulk has Left the Building”

Call me Cookie

“Cookie! We missed you Cookie!”  That’s how Javier the pastry cook greeted Mike the garde manger cook, returning from a few days off. My sous-chef turned to me and asked, “Why do you guys call him Cookie?” I explained, “Whenever he walks by the pastry station looking for handouts, he says ‘Cookie? Cookie?’ So JavierContinue reading “Call me Cookie”

T minus 16 Hours and Counting…

Well, I headed it off as long as I could, but I knew at some point I would have to work brunch.  I’m not much of a morning person.  OK, I am NOT a morning person.  On a normal day, I barely manage to drag myself out of bed by 10 a.m.  Then I puttContinue reading “T minus 16 Hours and Counting…”