Oh !! If YOU only knew - look at my pictures in my SP home page to see my kitchen. I cook from a trailer. Our average is over 125 people. Up till last year it was only three people doing all the work, however last summer an extra person was hired to help the dishwasher. My wife and I do all the cooking. She did all the baking last year - all from scratch and we provide a 30 to 45 item salad bar every lunch. We serve one to two soups every lunch made from scratch (using bases to enhance flavours) - then the main courses -( I will save this for another posting) and like you said - the picky eaters - special diets of gluten free - vegetarian --- I some times get so frustrated - it all rests on my shoulders.
Being the chef at summer camp sounds like it might be fun. I bet it can be challenging to cook for so many young people especially since you get the gamut from very adventurous to picky. Not to mention the allergies and special diets. However, if you're given a decent kitchen and allowed to have good ingredients, I think it could be a good gig.
Certainly different than a hotel in Banff. We went through there and Jasper a couple of years ago on our fall camping trip. Beautiful!
Your job sounds wonderful! I once worked at a children's summer came as well but not as a chef but rather as the art director. I also drove a school bus to pick up the kids in the morning and drop them off in the afternoon.
It is so wonderful that you have such a great group of kids who appreciate your cooking!
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Hello everyone. I am chef at a summer camp - I have been cooking for over 25 years ranging from restaurants - nursing homes - oil rigs and Children camps. I got my first start as a fast food cook at KFC then I moved to Banff Alberta where I went to a hotel looking for work. I was asked want did- I do - I replied I was a cook at KFC - oh you are a cook - they hired me instantly and took me up to the kitchen and I was placed in front of a grill - I had never seen one before. Talk about on the job training - well this lasted three months then I was sent on my way. I loved this experience and so I decided at that point I was going to be a chef. I joined the military as a cook and was taught the proper ways and techniques and lots of experience in all aspects of baking - grilling - sauces making soups - you know all of the cooking methods to feed the troops. After this term of service I didn't like the military so much and moved on - going back to college to refine my cooking theory with a goal to become camp cook - so through out the years I have worked here and there enjoying what I do and being happy as people enjoy my food, especially the younger ones. There is no better satisfaction to see the kids come up to ask for more food and see them glowing with joy.
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