44 Requirements for Being a Line Cook

Think you have what it takes? Here's a job post that might just humble you


A quick skim through any chef memoir will teach you that being a line cook is tough, but perhaps you didn't realize just how tough.

This job posting for FARMbloomington, a farm-to-table restaurant in Bloomington, Ind., outlines just how many characteristics are required of a good line cook: 44, to be exact.

The Craigslist ad, discovered on Happy Place, quickly went viral, as the 44 requirements for the job came off as just a bit tyrannical. For example? "You always show up for work, even if you're sick as a dog. Let the chef see you're really sick and send you home."

Fox News reports that FARMbloomington has since removed the job posting, as Harry Shafer, general manager, wrote them in an email, "I promise that the ad does not reflect the kind of business we run."

But of course, the restaurant industry is a tough business, and line cooks are trained to respond to orders with "Yes, chef," or "Oui, chef." And while the ad has been taken down, the "sick as a dog" rule still applies to applicants, Shafer says.

"'Sick' associates are most often just hungover, so it is our policy that the managers decide if they cannot work," he said.

 


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