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It has been a rude awakening for a college boy wanting to become a chef

When i was at university I decided I wanted to be a chef. Among my contemporaries, this was an unusual choice. Cooking was not one of the plum jobs that most of us wanted. It is, on the face of it, an unattractive profession. Chefs lead notoriously harsh lives: their work is long, pressured, menial-and badly paid.

But such considerations didn’t put me off. On the contrary, they enhanced the appeal of being a chef. I was unhappy at university. The work was hard; the social scene was insular and self-important. Being a chef seemed the perfect antidote to intellectual…

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