Me in Chef uniform!
I thought this will be an interesting weekend article for you, my readers. I got this idea from what keywords lead web surfers to my site. And this one really interest me "How do chefs stay thin?".
Have that ever interest you? We've heard of the saying "Never trust a skinny chef". Do you have the idea that all chefs are fat? On the contrary from my personal experience in professional kitchens, most chefs are slim. Not skinny but we are a whole fit lot. Imagine if half of us are fat, you won't be able to fit all 15 of us in the kitchen on a single service.
Want to know how big is a typical restaurant kitchen or rather how much space we chefs can manoeuver in? Just examine the size of the restaurant where you will be seated. The kitchen is about that size and probably larger. More than 50% of that space is filled with kitchen appliances: stoves, ovens, washing area, food storage areas, etc. That doesn't leave us a lot of space for running around when it is a busy night!
Right.. back to how we stay thin. Hm....tough question. I think most of us are thin when we start off as commis and grow in width over the years. But we pretty much stay slim because of the amount of work that we have to do. 17 hours on our feet. Our legs are nice and strong of course. And with the average load we have to move around daily from food storage area to our work tops. Mind you, every single piece of equipment is over 5kg. Yeah that includes the huge stick blenders that are almost 3/4 my height. Phew! It's tough!
And one more factor, that doesn't apply to all chefs but to many like me. We usually don't dine at normal meal times. When everyone is happily dining at 12pm, we are slogging away and postponing our meals till after 3pm. And while it's dinner time, we have finished our breaks before 6pm and get the next one right after the last order at 930pm. You may say .. with all the food in the kitchen, we should be pretty stuffed. Nope, it's wrong to think so. According to Health and Safety Act, we can't eat or drink while we are preparing food.
So I hope that pretty much answered your queries! Have a great weekend! And do post more questions if you are curious about my line of work!