The other day I was zooming around the kitchen getting ready for a busy Monday night service. Our morning prep cook mysteriously disappeared and I had a question to ask him. “Where’s Scott?” I asked. Lenny, one of our line cooks had cut himself. Scott took him to the hospital. I figured I wouldn’t see either of them for the rest of the night. When I walked into the kitchen earlier that morning, at 7:30 a.m. actually, Scott was already there. Lenny was working service Monday night and he showed up later in the day for his shift. When he injured himself he cut his finger to the bone and suffered minor nerve damage.
An hour and a half later they were both back. Scott stayed until 10:00 p.m. finishing his prep list and helping all of us during a service that was more intense and busier than we expected. Lenny worked in the office for a while before donning a glove and finishing up his shift working sauté.
Chefs are passionate, intense and hardworking people. As foodies I think we sometimes forget that when we have dinner or lunch in a restaurant someone has been there hours earlier working hard to ensure that our meal is fabulous and unforgettable. Cheers to our chefs, the line cooks and dishwashers who are “behind the scenes” and sometimes forgotten.
*Names have been changed.