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June 16, 2006



I'm sure you're doing great. Just keep up the good work. I know what it's like to work in an environment where the guy in charge is always looking for what you did wrong rather than praising you for what you did right. Just keep your chin up and before you know it, you will be fluent in French, be a fabulous chef, and have your choice of where you want to work.

MN home cook

fight the good fight babe.
I know you can.


Wonderful post-THANKS
Hey c'est la vie...sometimes being in Paris is not so hot! or in one of the best kitchens in Paris...
Il arrive don't they say?
Another cliché, if it doesn't kill you etc etc.This is the stuff that will make you a GREAT chef!
Hang in there Amy :)


no shame in tears at the workplace. we've all been there.


Focus on doing the very best you can rather than doing to please any one chef. Set your standard where you think it should be and don't feel pressured by the mind games they are playing there. The more you react to their pressures, the more they lay it on thick. Don't forget that they all had to start too. Mirror the aggressiveness they give you and watch them back off.

Gillian Young

I'm so proud of you, you're working very hard in a tense environment, which sometimes must feel like you're walking on glass. As long as you know you did nothing wrong- you're allowed to be thirsty- and that every guy in that kitchen has probably done something much worse before.

Keep up the great kitchen stories, your blog becomes more wonderful daily.

Gillian Young

P.S> You have no idea how much I cried my first months as an au pair. Alone, on the phone with my boss, in front of my boss...and today she still sees me as strong willed and tough.


Keep it up! I'm so so proud of you.

"If you want to see the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain"
You know who said that? Dolly Parton

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