Posted by Anon. on 15/01/2013 at 15:30 pm
Secret Diary of a Lime Wood Commis - aged 19 1/2
Part 1 - The Beginning
No one’s worked with Angela before. I thought she might be hard on us, you know cos she’s worked with Ramsay, but actually she’s generally a kind person anyway.
I suppose when I first heard about it, I didn’t know what to think but I think working the way it is now it’s panning out and the relationship is growing – the kitchens become a lot better. We don’t see what goes on in those meetings between Luke and Angela so I guess we don’t know everything that goes on!
At the start it was all exciting, then the first few tastings over the busy Christmas time was hard to keep on top of but it makes you stronger because you get in to a rhythm, so you get to know which dishes to do and you do service meanwhile making these dishes to serve ready for the tasting.
At the moment it’s a bit stop/start, she comes in and then she disappears again and we have to deal with all the changes on the day but it keeps things interesting!
Its nerve-racking cooking their dishes for them without knowing her style, the anticipation for the feedback is tough, when we haven’t cooked it with them just cooked it for them! When you work with Luke you know how he wants it to taste, whereas now you need to work Angela out too. I gave her a dish today and she said it needs this and it needs that – so it’s just getting that balance I guess!
I recon my favourite dish would be the rabbit pappardelle – yeah the rabbits nice. Actually the octopus is pretty good too. Oh yeah and the duck heart salad, oh and the lobster linguine that we tasted today was really good. I’m not really a fan of mackerel but I liked that too.
It’ll be really interesting to see how she brings in different elements, you know things like pasta. Like how we do pasta at the moment she had never made it like that before, but her pasta dishes are really great. The double anglotti is banging, wait that’s Luke dish though!
Anyway she’s clicked with everyone really well. She’s real nice, made an effort to get on and tried to know everyone’s names bless her, but she still doesn’t! She’s really polite she’ll come round and shake everyone’s hands when she arrives.
I guess we’ll be able to judge it better when we go into a busy service with her, no one’s worked a busy service with her yet. It’ll be the test of time!