The past two weeks in the restaurant have been interesting. Beginning of the spring brought with it some major cocktail events that the reception kitchen (that would be us!) had to deal with, and still this week more coming. Looks like everyday has some small tasks to be done and one or two longer tasks to handle. Every time I finish one task I go to one of the Chefs responsible for me and ask: “C’est fait. Et apres?” (It’s done, and after?), this is just the case if he did not beat me to it and declared before head what’s apres.

In the "citrus peelings day" I was cutting thin slices of 3 types of citrus (grapefruit, orange and lemon) then arranged it in towers

They ended up as garnish on top of orange chicken breast

Spent hours cutting one type on onions to rings and other type of onions to little triangles

Doing long repetitive tasks like that can be tricky sometimes. I found there’s an addiction effect that kicks in somewhere in the middle, after around 30 minutes of work. The task is “doing itself” and at the same time as I wish it would end as soon as possible, I also wish it will go on forever. This is like a mental acceptance to the current being, questioning the worthiness of switching tasks. It’s like when a body is brought to a constant velocity it can theoretically go on forever if nothing’s on its way. This is why the feeling in the end of a long task is a bit sad, now a new task has to be started. I think it’s just these too long things that cause this problem. If one’s doing many smaller tasks or even multitasking, he’s kept more sharp and aware of the next things to do, makes it easier to switch. For instance: in the juice day I have to make various juices, clean the machine between each of them, it’s very energetic. The tomatoes day though… is different:

The tomatoes day had around 100 tomatoes to blanch, peel, cut to quarters and seed

No seeds allowed

They were then dried overnight to be confit with olive oil

In the samosa day I cut and rolled many many of these triangle samosa, one type with leeks and feta cheese

The other with curry chicken

After a while they looked pretty good and I was rolling them faster.

The juice day had many juices to be done (apples, pears, oranges, lemons..) but the spinach juice (aka clorophile) was the most interesting. Cleaning a huge amount of spinach first.

Then mixed with a huge handle mixer, with some water

That was exciting!

When the soup was smooth we started straining it with a clean fabric apron

Explosion in the kitchen!

Result: clear spinach juice

A hard aspect of the beginning in a new place is not knowing what’s the purpose of everything I do. I do ask sometimes but it takes a while, days even, to find out how these things will eventually evolve as a dish.

Making crunchy cones. Still wondering what was filled inside of them

Conne with huge crab claws

My favorite job is to pull the meat out of the shells

I want I want!

The king crab was rolled into Kohlrabi wraps

Then plated with three different sauces and a rice chip. The pink is red algae sauce, coconut-curry sauce and apple sauce.

The frustrations: sometimes although I keep asking if it’s alright, in the end I’m told it’s not good enough and I have to re-plate hundreds of Amuse bouche.

Mozzarella spheres with tomato and basil, the second time around. Also this tray in one hand, trying to open the walking fridge with the other hand almost caused me to drop the whole thing but I saved it without casualties

Tits or eyes?

The smoked salmon of the house is yummy, and I like to pick-bone it. That's one of the more addicting tasks

Misunderstanding directions can also cause frustrations like I already mentioned before. There’s the “big boss” Chef of the restaurant, which I rarely in communication with apart than bonjour and bon soir everyday. There’s the Chef of the reception which is the nicest chef  I met, he makes jokes, hums while working, patient when showing me how to do something and very relaxed. The other Chef of the reception is more stressed to finish everything fast, talks fast and becomes upset when I don’t understand or when I ask too many questions. For example, one day I had to cut the bread and arrange it on grills in a certain way he explained. When he came back and saw the arrangement he was angry that I did not do what I was told! Rearranged it to look like that:

How was I supposed to know

Some dishes I was part of the making:

Mussels and clams with pickled vegetables

Tartar of sea bream and cream sauce

And another important part of every day is the lunch or dinner break.

This is how the cafeteria looks like. There's often treats that are leftovers from the big events

And the patisserie leftovers which are the best treats for the employees !

Cake with exotic fruits and creme vanilla

Every day there's some rolls and mini breads made by one of our bread-makers (chefs, not machines!) which are so good! especially the olive white bun.

The biggest event so far was a Bar Mitzva. 🙂 This is how they decorated the room with the band

The entrance hall, it's possible to see me taking the picture through the mirror!

One kind of the plate covers I was talking about, French or what? haha

Matias through the patisserie window showing off their fruit arrangements

I have many more pictures so I hope to update more regularly. Though I have some more spare time I still can’t seem to do everything I want to. Trying to go dancing again, go to the pub with friends, do my own shopping for groceries, cooking at home (post will follow soon) and all the usual time-spending, my spare time is short!

Empty kitchen with many copper pans 😛

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6 Responses to Et Apres?

  1. Nachman says:

    the green murder scene photo in the kitchen is amazing. did you ever find out what they use the chlorophyll for?

  2. […] a major issue: slowing me, keeping me behind all the rest. Chef Chevrou, the stressed one I already mentioned, kinda given up on me. He doesn’t like to try to explain to me so he just gives me the same […]

  3. Ema says:

    תמונת הפירות מדהימה

  4. Ema says:

    אני רואה את אולם הברמיצווה ראינו אותו מבחוץ אז שביקרנו….

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