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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, customers, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

Follow along as I break down why I do what I do. Some might say that it’s a sort of redemption for past terrible acts; assume what you will about my past. The fact is, I’m pretty sure that it’s similar to yours. So, you really can’t point the finger much. We both made it farther than we thought. Keeping in mind the adage 'better late than never,' I know I for one can say that I now can see that I went about some things all wrong in my life. So instead of asking why I’m still here, I’ve...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, culinary tales, customers, drinks, food, kitchen, love, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

Watching the friends and family that I’ve made over the course of my career succumb to the relentless onslaught of this frenzied backpedaling and fear mongering from the people who said that we’d be ok. After trusting what they told us to do, we all lost our jobs and livelihoods.  This made me think back to be a child in the hills of Tennessee. The first place in my life where there was something that only a few claims to have seen but caused me to freeze with fear. I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would have...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, customers, drinks, food, kitchen, love, restaurant, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

            Never in a million years would any business owner imagine that they would have to let their entire staff go due to an invisible enemy. No one can stop it, or escape it. Nevermind trying to plan for something like this. Now all we can do is attempt to prepare for the fight of our lives. We as grunts in the kitchen often are faced with many types of hindrances in our lives, but nothing can compare to unforeseen disaster. How do you do prep for no asses in seats? No dining room to look out to through the...

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@chef_rodney_117, career, chef, cleaver and blade, culinary tales, customers, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Rodney Lienhart, service industry -

"How are you going to get home?" My date for the evening asked in a frantic panic. "I'm magic," I replied with a sneer in my voice. I'd had enough of this woman already and the night was young. I had so much more time to get in trouble before my shift started at noon the next day. Luckily, I was working the swing shifts and didn't have to come in and babysit the morning prep guys anymore. Once we got this new batch of prep cooks, I felt immediate relief, both for getting the backup we needed and because...

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@literallyrobertdean, anthony bourdain, austin, career, chef, cleaver and blade, culinary tales, customers, direction, food, kitchen, restaurant, restaurant business, Robert Dean, service industry, texas -

When Anthony Bourdain strolled through the streets of Iran no one threw bottles at him. There were no parades of hijab-wearing terrorists clamoring for his blood. Instead, he was met with kindness, warmth, and love...

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