It's really not self deprecating, I just know what I know, and I know there is so much better. Even I can do exponentially better, but even my best isn't anywhere close to the best. Just the facts. I'm OK with that... well, I'm really not, but I don't know many ways to improve beyond my base by any way other than how I built my base... teaching myself.
I've done well, but let's face it... it's very limiting.
Yah, Hendrix taught himself on a Strat strung backwards, but try & try as I might... I'm no Jimmy.
It's honestly flattering to "impress", but I don't impress myself... at all. PANKO <>
I'm always willing to hire an assistant for parties. I have no reason to kill myself if I don't have to, but I can't ever get anyone to pass background. As you may or may not have gleaned thus far, this is a high security property, and the HR background check is thorough & exhaustive. Over the 3 seasons at this post, I have networked with the local Culinary Institute & I have 24 years of local kitchen contacts that have yielded me one prospect. He just bought a restaurant, and is no longer available for next season. I have one reliable dishwasher that I found through other avenues, and he helps in the smallest way with prep (e.g., peeling vegetables, picking herbs, washing lettuces, etc.). I got another kid through alternate methods that passed, but he's green out of school, in the National Reserve (often gone to serve) & just got a line-job at Cafe Boulud Palm Beach. I had another kid that's a Sous at a local Italian shop <--link
that passed, but he flaked out after 4 or 5 parties. My next season is going to be interesting as I don't have much in the bullpen.
If you're in Palm Beach next year & can pass an exhaustive criminal/traffic/credit background, you're more than welcome to shadow... I'll even pay you.. and pay you well.JEFFB <>
I'm not claiming to be a shoemaker & thank you for your sentiment, but again... glory's only fleeting.. already gone.