I’ll admit, I used to think that owning your own restaurant would be the most amazing experience. Getting to design menus and create a dining experience seemed like it would be a fun thing to do. Then I read Anthony Bourdain’s Kitchen Confidential, which immediately made me think twice. I love books that go behind the scenes and Bourdain did not disappoint. He provides a detailed account of the messy and chaotic environment of the kitchen and his own experiences with different restaurants. He also provides some interesting and useful information such as, when not to order seafood (Never on a Monday, as it’s normally left over from the weekend), and never to order your meat well done.
One of the ironies is, that in this book Bourdain looks down “celebrity chef” culture, but in recent years, has become a the same kind of celebrity chef that he so despises in his writing. I don’t really consider him a sell-out though. He’s a talented chef and a great writer, so gaining that celebrity status should not come as a huge shock.
But basically, don’t open a restaurant.