How To Become A Chef

I just saw a great indie movie, Chef, written by and starring Jon Favreau (known for Swingers, the Break Up, Very Bad Things, and more). I recommend it highly. This one has got to be among his best and also features a stunning Sophia Vergara and a happy-go-lucky John Leguizamo who pines to be a sous-chef. Bobby Cannivale makes a good foil for Favreau in the beginning whose inability to follow his heart serves as a great contrast and object lesson to us all about compromise and cowardice.

If you can get a wife like Sophia in all her Latina beauty, by all means become a chef – at once! They are divorced, but not for long in this fairy tale about cooking what you really love and finding your way back to your true unrealized ambition. They have a ten-year-old son who has been neglected by the overworked dad who has to submit to the dictates of his grumpy boss played by Dustin Hoffman. The chef is restricted in his creativity and ultimately receives a very poor critical rating from the top restaurant reviewer in L.A. He is more than devastated. A video of their fight goes viral making Favreau a national hero and celebrity. Who doesn’t identify with a free spirit like him and a man of conviction.

When Favreau loses his job after walking out angrily one night, he is forced to face his real work needs and goes on the road in a refurbished food truck with sous-chef (Leguizamo) who bolts from Hoffman’s restaurant the first chance he gets. He knows his friend the chef is the best, especially in the area of authentic Cubano cooking. After a stint in Miami to get the truck shiny clean, loaded up with all the kitchen appliances you’d ever need and newly painted, the two head back to California with the son in tow. They adapt the food to each location including New Orleans (beignets and po-boys) and Texas (barbecue what else). Twitter and Facebook bring legions to each stop who wait patiently in line for the culinary treasures. Here is a big message about publicity, success, and the role of social media.

The boy learns to cook and acquires great lessons in life about self-reliance, the importance of quality work, and most of all camaraderie. Many humorous scenes populate the winning film. It is a joyous road buddy road movie of the best kind with superb close ups of gorgeous food (and Sophia) that you can practically smell and taste as you sit rapt in the movie theater. You may never have heard of some of tis exotic food, but you are dying for some. (By the way, Scarlett Johansson as the restaurant hostess is not chopped liver!)

They all end up back home with pride and glory and end up opening a restaurant with co-partner food critic (played amiably by Oliver Platt). It is a very happy ending to a sweet morality tale about loving your work, finding yourself at last, and learning to survive on your own terms.

The Office Outing

If you have any brains, you will comply with company or management requests. It goes with the territory for most employees and accommodation works better than retaliation. My boss got the idea in a sudden frenzy of creativity to bond the staff by having a corporate “sensitivity” outing. For most of us, feelings are private and not to be shared with colleagues, especially superiors. In other words, we loathe such events.

OK. I know they are ostensibly good for us to enhance cooperation and productivity. I wish my boss had another way, however. The day loomed in the too near future. An overnight in the outdoors—a glorified camping trip—was the order of the day. We all got out the worn and tired old bed rolls and Coleman stoves. It had been too long for this kind of boyhood event. Grudgingly we boarded a group bus and headed into the wilderness, such as it is.

A bit corny at first, it became more fun and relaxing after a few beers and a round of campfire songs. Personal stories, then a lecture about bonding, were highlights of the evening. The boss was in rare form as he recounted similar trips and the positive results obtained. We understood his perspective and went along for the ride like a good cavalry. Why not? The simple food prepared fresh over the fire was good and the moods were even better. I think we had to admit the success as we laughed a lot and learned quite a bit as intended.

The program was an eye-opener. We talked freely the next morning, bright and early, sipping fresh coffee and devouring cinnamon buns. We had an hour to roam about and take an introspective walk if we wanted, or we could just stay at camp and chat a bit more. We reveled in a new kind of connection.

Before boarding the bus to return to civilization, the boss handed out a special business backpack like this to each employee emblazoned with the company name and logo. Also embroidered on the surface was the individual’s name and the date. It would commemorate the experience and become a reminder as we used the bag from time to time in our daily lives. And we did. We liked the spirit imbued as we loaded it with gym gear or weekend get-away stuff. Some of us just used it for storage. No matter. It was our special common bond and a symbol of friendship and belonging. How apt a gift from what turned out to be a “sensitive” guy in the best sense. There was nothing weird about the event or the aftermath and we actually looked forward to future trips. Somehow, we knew the first time was to be the best in memory and we treasured it as a revelation and insight into ourselves and others. We had never had the occasion to get outside of our own heads and learn to “hear” others. We never understood the meaning of adapting to personality differences and learning tolerance. We were on a mental high.

New Opportunities & Technologies in Plumbing

Would you like to look for a plumber or perhaps a renovator to accomplish the job and set everything together properly or would you like to undertake shower installation on your own? If installing a shower on your own, you will need to make certain that you simply do the job correctly, or it can result in further expenses down the road.

For example, there are so many reasons why people decide to install a shower massager. Primarily, various settings on water flow can be economical when it comes to the water consumption. Secondly, if the shower massager comes with a hose attachment, it will be simpler to shower and to give your kids a bath. And the last but not the least, the massage given by this shower massager will certainly become the main reason of using this fixture.

Shower massagers are designed and made to be very therapeutic. Whether you are tired or need to relax after long business hours, you will enjoy this massage very much. You will probably feel like a million bucks after the massage. This kind of kit does not take long to install, 30 minutes will do just fine.

Modern bathrooms come with modern equipment, and they are breathtaking. By each day, we are confronted with new technology; that does not take long to install. Shower panels and shower kits in modern bathrooms nowadays can be installed very fast and easily. Technology is evolving fast, and plumbing is no exception.

Without plumbing, modern life would be unthinkable. There are different ways to perform plumbing, and there is simply no proven combination that will be eternal. Consult with a plumber before starting any work.

Plumbing is the most important job when it comes to adaptation of a bathroom. Once you set up your plumbing installation, there is no way back, well at least without major damage and more expenses. That is why it is essential to choose a solid plumber with sufficient experience and knowledge. Make sure to get a guarantee. Nowadays technology allows plumbers to finish the work in a more efficient way and with lesser costs. A plumber can install any shower in your bathroom.

There is a variety of shower equipment available on the market. You can have a rain shower installed with a shower head of your choice. Some of the best rain showers can make a mist, which by itself is a great sensation, and you will feel like a million bucks. The size of your bathroom is also an important factor to be considered. If you have a smaller room, you should consult with your plumber first. Because, he will know how to adapt the plumbing installation in a way that it will correspond to your needs and desires. The breakthrough of new technologies in any business always has a vast impact on the work performance, because with the help of new and arising technologies people have the ability to perform a better job in a much faster way. That goes for any business; plumbing is no exception.

Fireplace Bliss

I have been asked about odd ball jobs for people who are sick and tired of the same old corporate ladder. They want off and now. Crafts people are always in demand so I thought about a friend of mine who builds fireplaces for a living. He is been doing pretty well and is in high demand, so you might give this some thought if you are so inclined.

Every home, great or small, has to have one or more of these essential items. While they can be practical for generating heat, they are for residential chic and good looks. Besides, you can place nice baskets around them filled with pinecones whatever you like. When you read an ad for a home for sale, it tells you right there about their status: where they are, what kind, and how many. It’s a draw even if you live in Arizona.

My friend makes high end versions with expensive stone or tile trim and lots of rich marble in front of a well-chosen fire screen – these are definitely some of the Finest Fires you’ve ever seen. A choice of gas logs or the real thing is an option. Many people want to have both so they can turn it on in warm weather. He is creative with the designs and quite original, depending upon the owner’s taste. He can fashion something old world as well as something slick and modern. It’s all about materials. Sizes are fairly uniform in middle class neighborhoods while mansions can accommodate much larger hearths. Colors are muted and earthy but he has done Dutch blue and white tile, colorful orange and yellow Mexican tile, and Moroccan greens and reds. You can have a blast from the past or a harbinger of the future—you name it and he can do it.

I would say he is a real designer, self-taught, and a top-tier tradesman. He used to work with bathroom and kitchen tile and then got tired of all the demand for subtle gray or black granite. He can use more ingenious substances in a fireplace. He has also been featured in local magazines and has become the go-to man for custom fireplace installation.

His challenge is to design a fireplace in an older home with no pre-existing unit or preparation. People want the old-fashioned chimney up there on the roof to top their new invention. They usually have to settle for a free-standing corner model or a wall-mount style in many cases. This is a compromise but you still get the flames in winter and the illusion of a warm cozy home in the summer. What you don’t want is a flat-screen TV with a loop of a burning fire. This is the poor man’s concession, and I for one wouldn’t bother.

So the message here is to be imaginative about jobs when you are sitting in your cubicle at work and envisioning a new, freer, less stressful you. If you don’t do something right away, it probably isn’t meant to be. But some of you will find the way to enter a more rewarding job realm where your ingenuity and inventiveness will take a front seat.