Monday, 31 March 2008
Welcome to the real world
That's it. Exams are over and for the next three weeks I won't have to make the long journey over to West London every morning. However unlike when I was a student the first time round, I won't be spending my holiday drinking and getting up late with a hangover. For the next week I'll be working in restaurant kitchens, real live ones that have paying customers and everything!
Monday to Wednesday I'll be working at The Palmerston in East Dulwich doing a lunch shift and two evening shifts. The Palmerston is an above average gastropub whose kitchen is run by former Bibendum head chef Jamie Younger and for the last three years has held an AA rosette for its cooking. Dishes on the menu include Duck and Pistachio Ballotine with Apple Chutney and Cornichons, Line Caught Plaice with Samphire and Mussels, and Grilled Calves Kidneys with Red Wine Radicchio Risotto.
I'm going to be working as the third chef, looking after side orders and desserts and today I learnt my way around the kitchen, prepping ingredients for the a la carte, putting together a special Banana Sticky Pudding for the lunch menu and managing a few of the veg side orders that came in over lunch. It's great to finally find myself in a working kitchen and from plating desserts to picking individual leaves of coriander, I loved every minute of it. On Friday I move on to another kitchen, but more on that another time...