I switched spectrum’s completely and went to work in a restaurant name Binkley’s in Cave Creek Arizona. Now truly “mom and pop” is a gross under representation of the beauty that is produced out of this place by husband a wife team Kevin and Amy Binkley formerly of The French Laundry and Inn at Little Washington
It was a gastroextravaganza (yes I just made this word up) of the freshest most high quality local foodstuffs they could put their hands on were pouring in and out of the kitchen with gusto. This was a jackpot for me in many ways but eventually the extremely long hours and not so sizable pay (kinda workin for love thing as you can imagine) took it’s toll and my physical and emotional well being won out over amazing food and creative genius. I thus left the restaurant scene behind for a higher paying and a bit more flexible, albeit less inspiring, go in the catering and private chef world. Turned out to be a good move for many reasons, money, high profile clientele, flexibility…but creative and exciting? No so much…and I have since deeply missed the culinary expression and playfulness of my early career but this choice afforded me not only a larger bank account but more importantly the freedom that one does not have in a restaurant career…ultimately at that point freedom was what I was after, and I got what I asked for, as we often do.