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Monday, December 29, 2008

The First


So this is my first blog. Ever. Don't have much to say right now but I figured I usually live a pretty hectic and creative life in the kitchen and maybe I should give a glimpse into the success and failures of me and my team. Well I should say, IF I get re-hired back at Stout's Island Lodge. I was hired as the Sous Chef there last season. When I showed up for my first day of work, I was the Executive Chef. The original chef never showed. SO in two days I had to write a menu, order food, do prep, and serve a fully booked resort restaurant; with a staff with zero training. They did a good job, but I come from some pretty good restaurants and have 14 years experience under my belt. It didn't help we had 1 pair of tongs and 1 HUGE spatula to share between 3 line cooks the first weekend. We made it through but it was rough.Did I mention I was on a TV show? A month and a half later the GM had a nervous breakdown and had to leave, so I had to assume a good bit of his responsibilities since I was the only person with Hotel/Restaurant experience on the Island. Two months later I hired a real talented chef out of Birchwood, WI and brought him on as my Sous. We worked real well together and that is what I hope to put on this BLOG. Derik, Lena, Jimmy, Hope, Anita, Mike, Dalton and Myself, Justin. Our Successes, failures, jokes, spaz moments and everything else that MAKES CHEF'S CRAZY!!! Have fun. We Will.
-J

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