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09 May 2010


That's a beautiful post Shuna b/c I think it applies to anyone in any job. We all have to struggle with that fine line, because straying to far from it in either direction really puts us all in a very dangerous place.

Agreed.. I would say this for any new job. However, i know kitchens are a beast of there own. Nice post :)

Lovely piece as always. I'm currently reading the checklist manifesto and the heart of the book is about the fact that the people on the lowest rung of the ladder, who are doing the work, are the ones who can help to make things flawless and make sure no mistakes are made.

You don't sound like a socialist or a commie or a radical pollyanna.

You sound, pure and simple, like a poet and coworker-friend anyone would be lucky to have.

Best of luck at your newest endeavor.

Wow! I have never felt compelled to post a comment to any writings before this. You put into words so eloquently what I feel but cannot express. How true, and how applicable in all of life's situations, not just the professional kitchen. Your observations and musings are spot on and inspirational. Thank you.

This does apply to all life situations. However, it never fails that I become rejuvenated after reading your lyrical posts. As I try to see a career transition through its fruition, it is hard not to become filled with doubts in a kitchen with kids in charge, young enough to be my kids, who have no clue what life is like, yet have egos the size of the globe. So, all this is to say, thank you. As the comment above said, spot on and inspirational.

This is incredibly moving and thoughtful. I just got my first job in a kitchen and you been an inspiration. Thanks for your hard work.

Another awesome post Shuna. I don't know how you do it, but the way you capture the things I have such a hard time putting eloquently into words. My guys now look forward to your posts. I actually printed them out and have them stuck to the wall in the kitchen, just in case they forget what they have learned. Very inspiring and motivating for these youngsters. Thanks again for keeping my guys in line.

post-brunch beautiful. thank you

So wonderfully said. Humility is essential in most every aspect of life.

Ugh this is so inspiring! Need to get back into the kitchen ASAP!!


Thank you so much for the TTW quote. Our daughter died 10 days ago, and the quote describes her so completely.

Also, I heart BPLC.


Beautifully said, Shuna.

Very well said Shuna. Thank you for the inspiration.

Thank you, thank you, thank you.
I don't know why it has taken me this long to discover your blog. I've been sitting here reading it for hours.
I need to hear everything you write about the industry.
Being a female cook for just a 1.5 years without any formal training, its so encouraging and affirming.
You paint all the feelings and observations I have culminated in countless 60 hour weeks in a few sentences. I am learning the balance of paradox in kitchen culture and the deep satisfaction of being a worker among workers.
There are these rhythmic moments in the kitchen where everyone is doing their task; the collective whole feels like a living organism. And it feels like privilege to be a part of it.

Also thank you for your post about the rush of becoming a chef/ what culinary schools have done to the industry. I have decided to not go to culinary school and take my time learning from my mentors- to set aside blocks of time in my crazy work week to read every cookbook I can borrow and afford.
Its a temptation to want to rush through things, take positions that I'm not qualified for because so many young people are doing it. Your writing really encourages me to keep doing what I've set out to do.

Fabulous post, Shuna, so well said. It is to go into any new area not being a know it all or brash, always listen first then ask questions. You have gotten to where you are because of your respect of place.

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