Any terrible experience we have in life is fondly billed as ‘resilience-building’.
Getting locked out of your house arms you to face the world’s troubles; missing a train provides you with an opportunity to practise stress management; liking an ex’s four-week-old Instagram lets you preview the sensation of cardiac arrest.
For whatever reason, we like to put a positive-spin on the seemingly valueless.
I will argue the following, however:
The week I spent playing kitchen bitch in one of Sydney’s most punishingly gourmet (read: wanky) deli/butcher/food stores was without any redeeming qualities. Whatsoever.
There were none. Not one.
Here is a pie chart.
I know. I drew it myself. Thank you.
To say I was treated 'like dirt' would be unfair. On me.
We ignore dirt. Dirt harms no one.
I was treated like the wiggly worm inside the dirt - the one everyone is afraid to touch and when you do touch them they die because of the acids in your skin or something.
Then they're inevitably eaten by a bird.
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The kitchen wasn't a regulation one.
It was a gourmet, French-run kitchen within an upmarket chicken shop/butcher/deli/food store. Not a restaurant. Four chefs, but they didn't all work at once.
It made pretty much everything you'd expect from a gourmet deli: gourmet sausages, potted sauces and dips, roast chooks, duck fat potatoes, creme brulée, strawberry tarts, duck liver pâte... with the only catch being it was all for takeaway.
How hard could the job possibly be?
9am - Outfit thrown at me. "Wear this." I feel like it's my first day at new school and I'm nervous but also excited.
9.28am - Introduced to Head Chef Remy. Remy is French. Qualities that describe Remy: short, French, angry. Qualities that do not describe Remy: tall, forgiving, tall.
10.41am- Led downstairs to my 'work station', which I had no idea was French for 'sweaty dungeon'. Shown how to work a tap. Right cold, left hot etc.