Friday, August 15, 2014

Chef Bradley on the go!

Hello out there! I've been dying to tell you guys about the dinner party from last Saturday. I was planning to write things up before now but some good news has happened and it's kept me pretty busy.

The good news is that the Chef talked to the owners and general manager about me! I had no idea he was going to discuss me with them, but he did. He told them he wanted a guarantee that they would do everything they could to keep me there! Can you even believe that?!!

Apparently he told them all about the dinner party at his home and how I was his co-chef and how much potential I had as a chef! I had no idea he was going to talk to them because me didn't breathe a word to me about it.

So the owners called me in early one day and said how pleased they were with my work as a Server and then told me what Chef said. I think I must have turned a hundred shades of red and was totally speechless because it totally caught me off guard! Can you even believe that?!!

So they wanted to talk to me first before approaching Chef, but they wondered if I would be comfortable with them asking Chef if he had any ideas about how he might use some of my time in the kitchen!!!!

I literally almost started crying right there on the spot, I was so taken aback and almost in shock! I just said something like, "I'm just... speechless. But, yeah, I'd definitely be interested in that."

So they said they hadn't talked to him yet and didn't know if he would be keen to the idea, but would get back to me.

So Chef was definitely interested and all of them had a little meeting and came up with a proposal for me to start off spending an hour in the kitchen at the beginning of the dinner shift three times a week. It would be an opportunity for me to help get the kitchen ready for the shift and to go over the menu and -- are you ready for this? -- to get my input! This is almost unbelievable!

So I started the other night and I was so excited and stressed I almost couldn't shift gears back into Server mode!

You don't know how much this means to me. This is like getting a jump start in culinary school. Or, like being in my very own personal "informal" culinary school. I know that one hour is not that much, but it feels like a full shift! There's some kind of Department of Health regulation about how I can't handle the food, etc., so he's letting me watch and explain things and I can ask questions!

I still want to write up about the dinner party because that led to this new development and I really did have a great time last Saturday. Chef even asked my opinion about what ingredients I thought might give the main dish a summery feel. So I told him what I thought and he raised his eyebrows and gave me a slight smile and said, "Perfect! Let's go with that." At first I thought he was kidding, but he was TOTALLY SERIOUS!!

So please bear with me while I write all this up. I'm so excited to tell you about the party because there were a few other things that happened that I just need some time to get down right. {I'll give you a little hint of one of them: Chef toasted me in front of everybody! OMG! I have never been toasted before! OMG}

I'm so excited and proud of myself. This has kept a big smile on my face and given me all kinds of confidence. But I really want to write this up in a little more detail, so stay tuned!

60 comments:

  1. Brad the protege! Shocking! NOT. Sending you congratulatory ((hugs)) and a great big 'I told you so!' Lol! That's awesome news and you deserve it!

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    1. Hi Mary,

      Yeah. I remember you using the word "protege" in my last post on the party. I went back and found your exact words:

      "It's sounds like you've become Chef's protege. I looked up the proper definition - the word is used for someone who has special standout talent and is taken up as an upcoming star or powerhouse. It's a feather in his cap to find a treasure like you."

      You must have some psychic powers or something! LOL And you richly deserve to say, "I told you so!" LOL :)

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    2. Hi Brad, if I was psychic, I'd use it on the lottery lol! You don't need my help. You're good!

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    3. Thank you. {{{HUGS}}} :)

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  2. I was so excited I forgot to squeeeeeee!

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    1. Ha Ha! Love the squeeeeeee! I could hear it all the way here!! ♥

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  3. :) Congratulations!!!! *throws confetti* That's fantastic! I'm so happy for you!!! :)

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    1. Thanks for the confetti, Kat!!!! It's like a party!! LOL :)

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  4. Squeeeeeee! You're my first squee , Brad! How'd I do? See, I told you, relaxation is the key :) . Of course talent, personality and love of what you do didn't hurt. Auntie Deedles is very proud. You are going places, so have fun on the journey!
    Deedles

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    1. Oh Boy!! Another squeeeeeee! Thank you, Auntie Deedles!!

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  5. Look at you go Brad! I am so happy for you, this is so exciting. This is just the first step, with your personality and drive you are going far for sure!

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    1. Thanks for your excitement, Carey! I love how much hope is in your comment!! Thank you!! :)

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  6. OMG, Bradley! I am so, so thrilled for you. Thrilled and proud. What an amazing opportunity and you deserve it all. Congratulations to Mr. Chef-in-Training! Yay!!!

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    1. Thank you, Susan!! Oh boy! Another title I can add: Mr. Chef-in-Training."

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  7. That's so awesome Brad!
    Congratulations, you can't see, but I'm doing my happy dance for you. :)

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    1. LOL, Kelli. I just closed my eyes and pictured you doing your happy dance!! I love all the energy you put into that little dance!! LOL

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  8. Wow , this is such great news Brad!!! We are all so happy for you & proud if you. A clear case where the Chef, Manager, Owners see your skills, potential, dedication, motivation, and I suspect also what a genuine nice man you are!!! Such great news and getting to spend an hour per shift several times per week IS a lot & a big commitment on their part. And you've earned that already + so much more.
    What - Mr Matt has never toasted you, even in private????!!!! He should ! (I do realize lol that you guys have only been of legal drinking age for a year - I think. And perhaps you don't even drink.) I think you owe each other a toast (orange juice if you want) for all the love, mutual support & fantastic accomplishments.
    Hugs & hats off to you!!!
    David Eaton
    San Jose, CA

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    1. Hi David! Yep, Matt has toasted me in private. This thing at the dinner party was the first time someone actually got everyone's attention and toasted me in public!! At a party! With all eyes on me!! OMG It was amazing and a little overwhelming. Matty said my face was five shades or red, too!! It was a real honor coming from Chef. :)

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  9. I'm so excited for you, Brad!! I'm definitely joining in the squeeeesss!!! :D This is so awesome, I can't stop smiling. I look forward to hearing all about it.

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    1. Thank you, Allison!! Oh boy! Another squeeeeeee!! And I actually heard you!! LOL And... I can't stop smiling either!! :)

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  10. Brad, I just wanted to tell you, you started my Friday off with a big smile! So happy and proud for you! It's a wonderful moment when your bosses recognize you for your skills and talent AND give you the opportunity to actually USE those skills. Not to mention getting the chance to do what you love. We all dream of that. Big congrats Brad!

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    1. Thanks so much, C. J.!! I'm glad you got a big smile to start off your Friday. And your smile is so infectious, too! Now I have a big smile!! LOL Thank you!!

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  11. Go Apprentice Chef Bradley!! Seems like you've got yourself a true mentor there. This is absolutely wonderful news! Can't wait to see where this journey leads you ( besides to Culinary School - that's a given!)

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    1. Thank you, Aniko!! Oh boy! Yet another title: "Apprentice Chef Bradley."

      Thanks!! :)

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  12. Brad, the Chef in Training!!! Here's my squeeeeere!! I'm am so thrilled for you and so proud of you! The Chef and the Owner definitely see your potential, enthusiasm, and gratitude! Working in the kitchen is huge!! It's one thing for the Chef to say you have potential, but to invite you into his kitchen...that's trust. WTG, Brad!! Smiling big doesn't begin to describe how happy I am for you!! ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. Thanks so much, Kari! Now we have two votes for "Brad, the Chef in Training." This is so much fun!!

      And, yeah, it definitely was HUGE that he invited me into his kitchen! I'm so honored he did that.

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  13. I am so proud of you, Brad! And so excited for you too!!

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    1. Hi Sharon! Thank you so very much!!! ♥

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  14. When you are really good at something you really like, you are going to be really successful!

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    1. Thanks, Andy! I appreciate those words! I really do like what I'm doing!! Thanks for your very hopeful vote of confidence!! :)

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  15. That's awesome news! Congratulations! Yay Brad!

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  16. OMG OMG YES! I can believe that. I can believe ALL of that.
    Go you!

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    1. LOL, Anna! I had the exact same kind of excitement when I was writing the post!!! Thank you. Go Me! hee hee :)

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  17. Another sqeeeeee and dog sled puppies howling from Alaska for Brad-Chef-In-Training!!! So *HAPPY dancing* for you! Congratulations on having your dream starting to unfold in such a great way. You deserve the recognition! Alaskan ((((HUGS)))) to you & to Matt for his support. Love from Alaska Ann Alaskan

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    1. HA HA, Ann! Now I got some Alaskan dog sled puppies howling for me!! This is so much fun!! Thanks!!

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  18. Congrats, onward & upward Brad! Hope you love the new job, learn a lot.

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  19. This is AWESOME!!!! Man, what a great thing to happen!!!! I know you will use that hour well, and I'd bet that it won't be too long before you're in there a lot longer than an hour! I think you should buy the chef a bottle of wine or something, along with a card to say "THANK YOU". It will mean a lot to him!

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Oh man! That's an EXCELLENT idea, Jay!!! I hadn't even thought about that!!! Perfect!! Thank you for that suggestion!! :)

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    2. You're welcome. I thought of this, too. Perhaps deliver it outside of work. Wouldn't want the others to think you were schmoozing! Inside work, your talents will stand for themselves!
      Jay

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    3. Both of Jay's suggestions are excellent! Sort of hating him now because he thought of them and I didn't :).

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    4. gp,
      I seldom have revelations such as these, so I will accept your "hatref" ;-) as a high compliment!
      Jay

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  20. This doesn't surprise me at all. I can't wait to read about the dinner!

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  21. That's so fantastic! Cheers to you! (You have no idea how many gifs I had to sort through of bread popping out of a toaster to find this, lol!)

    Can't wait to hear more deets about the dinner party!

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    1. HA HA HA, Madison!!! Bless you for all the time it took!! That's so hilarious about the bread popping out of a toaster you had to see!! LOL!!

      And I love that I get a toast from Leonardo!! Perfect!!! :)

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  22. Your inner joy simply shines from every single word of your post - so happy that you have found a mentor who appreciates your obvious talent and potential! Mom hugs to you dear Brad ...

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  23. Congratulations. You're post just put a huge grin on my face. I'm delighted for you and have no doubt this is only the start.

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  24. Congratulations, Brad! That is awesome news. Definitely looking forward to hearing more about the party.

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  25. That's awesome Brad! I knew you could do it. Who wouldn't love you? ((hugs))

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  26. I'm really happy for you, B. That's awesome!

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  27. So happy for you Brad, you just sound so up it's amazing!

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  28. I'm probably grinning as big as you are, Brad. One of these days I will be visiting Boston (or wherever you are by then) and will dine at your restaurant. I will proudly introduce my friends to Chef Bradley and let them know how we "met" online. I'm really, really proud of you and happy for you. Dreams do come true. <3

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  29. I know how you feel- not so much because I went through it myself, but because I've gone through stuff like this with my daughter who is a dancer. I know the "pinch me because I think I'm dreaming" feeling. Congrats!!

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  30. I'm crying tears of joy for you Brad. Your dreams are starting to come true. You totally deserve all the great things that are coming in your life.

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  31. Hey such fantastic news Someday Chef Bradley!! ���� wow I can only imagine your joy in all that happened, can't wait to read your follow up for details!! When you find something that interests you, and you love it... You excel at it through hard work, dedication and perceveirience. Sounds very much like you have all 3 and I have no doubt with all that and Matty beside me you will be Top Chef someday!!

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  32. 'You don't know how much this means to me.' Brad, I think we kind of do! This is so fantastic, a dream come true. I'm so excited for you. You've worked so hard and been so brave putting yourself out there, and now it's coming together in this incredible opportunity for you. You deserve it! Cheers! :)

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  33. Congratulations, Brad! You are totally deserving of this opportunity. Run with it!

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