This is a unique book about running a French Restaurant in Vancouver’s West End. One could just imagine the ambitions of the self-effacing owner. She is brought down to reality by bureaucracy, outlandish egos and chaos in the kitchen. The book reads a bit like Master’s Kitchen where everyone is out for themselves to prove their worth as chefs. It is fun to watch, but very hard to endure if you are the person with the apron and chef’s hat on.
Dealing with the strong personalities of staff, as well as the pressure to put bums in the seats, this tale is a wonderful cautionary tale about how hard it is to open a successful restaurant in a big city, hoping to make it as a chef in this rude and crude world that is obsessed with social media.
This book is a delight though. I am SO glad that I read it. It kind of highlighted some of the nooks and crannies of starting our own restaurant. It may look easy to be your own boss and the rest of it, but it is far from easy.
Daily life in a restaurant is very hard. There is so much energy and idiosyncratic lunacy. All may be crazy in the kitchen. But out in the restaurant, all is calm and everyone is trying to cater to every need of the customer.
I loved this book! I recommend it to anyone who is interested in restaurants or wanting to open one in the near future.