When I first started college back in 19&% I, like everyone else that had not been born with the proverbial silver spoon, was looking for a part-time work. I was meeting some real nice folks and a couple happened to be washing dishes in a very small, quaint little French restaurant named the Le Petit Chateau. So I got a job washing dishes two nights a week. Little did I know at the time that the people I would work with would become my brothers and sisters that I still hang with and am proud to call friends.
Shortly after beginning to wash dishes a couple of the waiters had graduated University and a were moving to Atlanta, GA. My buddies that shared the dish duties with me had no ambition to work the front of the house so the job was offered to me. The fella that was basically the head waiter, although there was no distinct designation of position, kindly started teaching me how to serve in the tradition of fine-dining. His passion for food and wine was contagious and his teachings were impeccable.
So I got the bug and began my journey into the realm of food. For the next eighteen years I would work every position in a restaurant sticking mostly to fine-dining establishments. Mostly though I was a waiter. I have always enjoyed waiting tables due to the people you meet and a chance to be a little theatrical. I had always maintained that being a waiter is a respectable position, requiring skills and talents gained from study of the industry.
Next as I was going to get married I went back to school and got a degree in computers. I have been working for around fifteen years in computers but have continued to cook and enjoy anything food related. During this time I am watching the Food Network dreaming of how romantic the food industry is; quickly forgetting how hard the work was.
The recession and other things in my life forced me to look for a second job. I find myself an older man going back into the food service industry to supplement my income and get caught up on some bills that have piled up.
I find I still enjoy the food service business although I am working in a bar instead of the fine-dining end that I really enjoy. Still meeting people and serving good product is a passion of mine that I am lucky enough to still have the energy to do.
This website was created to let me express some of my ideas and explore, more in depth, food and cooking. It is dedicated to all my brothers and sisters that are passionate about food, beverage and service. In particular:
Lea, John and Alfred, Lynnie, Serge, Leigh, Michelle, Billy, Rip, Tommy, Bob, Jim, Chuck, Kimmie, Nora, Jules, Wood, Eddie, Poobah(Andy), Big Al(Andy), Bill, and all of my friends in or formally in the Biz.