This is Jim Stein. He is a line cook in Charleston, SC and he has worked in kitchens nearly his whole life.
He shared these photos to show what it's really like to work in a restaurant kitchen.
Yes, cooks live by a certain set of rules ....
But it's really about hard work.
Every hour is spent on your feet.
There's no time to eat, so you do it standing up if at all.
You get cuts.
You plan out every minute of your day...
...every ingredient in your dishes...
...every step of your events...
...and every food item that goes in or out of your kitchen.
Failure is not an option.
But there are upsides.
Like high-tech toys.
You get some really low-tech toys too.
You get to work with high-quality ingredients from the land...
..and from the sea.
You taste EVERYTHING.
But at the end of the day, it's all about making beautiful food.
You work hard to make it taste good,
incorporate fresh and local ingredients,
and appeal to the eye.
Whether it's beef,
Sometimes you learn to cook pastries, and write on plates in chocolate.
And sometimes you make a friend or two along the way.
The photos in this post are reprinted via Imgur with permission from James Stein. Stein took the photos over the course of a year and half while he worked at Casbah Mediterranean Kitchen and Wine Bar in Pittsburgh, PA. Now Stein cooks under James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock at McCrady's restaurant in Charleston, SC.