Roman Sturgis Take care of each other and make good decisions.

July 11, 2009

Dishwater hands

Filed under: Blog — Roman @ 11:15 pm

It’s been 11 days since I started my new job as a dishwasher/prep cook at High Hammock in Pawleys. I couldn’t have found a better restaurant to work for, even if most of my time is spent in the “dish pit”. It has been very physical, however, and my hands have taken quite a beating. Lots of cuts and scrapes, and as they soften through the shift due to their exposure to warm soapy water, the skin tears and cracks all the more easier.

I am doing some food prep, which is enjoyable, and my co-workers are for the most part excellent people. I am particularly happy with our executive chef, who is as cool as a cucumber and takes a minute every time I work with him to teach me one or two new things. Everything from knife cutting technique to the best way to clean mop heads. This guy is part-owner of several of our state’s most succesful restaurants and he’s the kind of guy who will scrub his own pots. I have never met a chef like that before. He is so non-ego, so non-diva. Furthermore, he’s somewhat of an OG in the slow food movement, which means he’s all about sustainable, locally grown food, using the whole animal, not just the tenderloins, and recycling as much as possible. Everything gets used, we grow a lot of our own herbs, and it’s a scratch kitchen, so there’s no processed food. PLUS, the staff meals are very good. All things considered, could it get any better?

I’m still enamoured with the teaching aspect of this kitchen. Over the course of my working career, I have had precious few decent managers, let alone managers who invest in their workers by properly training them. In restaurants especially, it’s often sink or swim. Another observation: there are no Latino’s in our kitchen, and several women. This is a first for me. And I think it has a lot to do with the lack of macho locker room BS that has so often been a part of previous kitchen/restaurant experiences.

In other news, Laura and I would like to express our gratitude to the good gamblers of South Carolina whose losings have made the South Carolina Education Lottery possible. Through the Lotto, La and I will both be getting half of our tech tuition paid for.

One final note: even though I haven’t yet received my first paycheck, it is so good to have regular full-time employment again. Even if my writing time has been scrunched, and my body is sore from the new work, I feel very lucky to have a job.

One final, final note: yesterday, after work, I broke a new personal record when I ran a mile in 8 mins and 23 seconds. Nothing to brag about, I know. I’m trying to run for 5 kilometers every other day. Usually it takes me about half an hour, which is pretty manageable, right? As I approach 30, it has really helped keep my gut in check, considering how much I like the bevs….

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post. TrackBack URL

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress