Working for restaurants and being close to farmers has made me value food in another level.
Back in 2012, I use to do my supermarket where everything was available at any season inside a bright, shinny plastic package. Never questioned how does the food get in there? And where the waisted of that package will go. Everything was so organized and perfect that no need to ask.
I used to eat out very often. My visits to the restaurants where as expected: tasty food in short time. I never questioned myself what people need to do behind at the kitchen to have a warm plate in my table.
I guess I was not questioning because I was doing enough working in an office to earn the money that will pay for the value of the food at the supermarket and my dish at the restaurant.
Well, in case you would like to learn more about those questions, here is some valuable information:
This last Sunday the place I am working for @pondicheri was crowded. Normally is very quite in the location I work for but this time OMG! And I’ve learned a lot.
I am at the front desk. I took the orders and the cook received he order and prepare the dish. I took the dish to the table. Easy right? It is not! 😂. Thousands of things happen behind, and those are the things I didn’t realized before. Cook needs to have all the ingredients ready, this means the did a huge pre work before doing your dish, cook need to have the exact organization to prepare the food in the order that customer expected (warm or entrees), Cook will push the front desk to take the dishes on time. On the other side the front desk is taking the orders with the ability to listen carefully and avoid a mistake. Serve drinks and remember to go back to the kitchen to serve the plates. The front desk people need the skill to manage the pressure from the kitchen and a customer because it is the face to the customer. Pick up dirty dishes and yes clean them in team with the cook.
Voila! This is how your plain in a short story get to your table. I missed tons of steps before like the chef designing the dish, buying ingredients.
Now farmers! I haven’t have the courage to go and work at least one day at the farm. No more words to say.