Not a Paella

I was watching the Great British Bake Off last night which definitely influenced my dream.

Me and two friends were working as apprentice chefs (if that’s even a thing) in a crazy big and busy kitchen. We were all stationed at different stations(kirchen) Each kitchen specialised in a different type of cuisine.

The kitchen was split into different cultures like Asian, European, American, South-American and so on. Within each of these there was a section for starters, main courses and desserts. There were hundreds of chefs and cooks working in the collosal kitchen. God only knows where all the food went.


Anyway I was working at a Spanish station making Paella for the first time in my life. I had know idea what I was doing. All I knew about Paella was that it had rice and seafood.  There was one thing I did know, what I was making was not paella. Paella isn’t made in a casserole dish. Whatever it was, the taste testers (judges) really liked it. It was unlike anything they had seen before, a whole new dish.

The dish became very popular among customers (who I never seen).

So now I was stuck making the “How did it turn out this way?” casserole. It was at the point where I was fed up and bored.

My friends on the other hand were busy learning new skills. One of them was plating up desserts, learning how to make the dishes look attractive. Basically food art.
He found it really challenging in the beginning. But his steady hands made it easier to get the hang of it.

My other friend seemed to have a talent for the more administrative roles. She seemed to become a manager of sorts. Making sure disher were finished on time, keeping the kitchen in order, that sort of thing.


Because the kitchen was ridiculously huge there was no easy or safe way for waiters to move around the kitchen and collect the food. Instead a conveyor belt was used. When an order was up, it was placed on the conveyor belt, brought out of the kitchen where the waiters picked it up and served it to the diner. So efficient!

There was so much going on in the kitchen. There was the chefs, platera and waiters!


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