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Nov 21, 2006 01:19 AM

How many fellow Chowhounders are or have been in the biz?

Just wondering how many of y'all have worked in the food and bev industry.
Are (were) you are server, cook, wine rep., bartender, etc...?
I have done it all.
Cocktail waitress, busgirl, cook, bartender, server, barista, the list goes on :)

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  1. Dishwasher, cook, steward, bartender, commercial fisherman, garbageman, combinations thereof.

    1. Waitress, owner, garde manger, grill, saute, pizza maker.

      1. I was a child labourer for my parents' restaurant. Started with the dishes, moved to waiting on tables, once I got my driver's license, I was sent out for deliveries, then graduated to bartending and finally broke free when I left home for school. During my 8 years of slavery, I worked beside my dad every single night (even school nights) and into the wee hours of the morning prepping for the next day. I could chop up a storm back then. Today I prefer to stay out of the kitchen and instead choose to lavish my praise and appreciation for everyone else's efforts from my seat in the dining room.

        1. Been in the business forever! Love it, even when I'm tortured by it. Barrista, busgirl, cocktail waitress, hostess, manager, bartender, consultant, caterer. All roads somehow lead to this fabulous business. I still have nightmares about forgetting to fire the middle course, and fileting fish at the table. Can't you just use a regular fork? Do you really need a fish fork? But those forks were always so cute....

          1. have been a busboy, prep cook/dishwasher, and worked as a cook at a KFC. shudder.