The Kitchen recently placed an ad looking for new wait staff. Think you have what it takes to work there? Setting aside all the experience you'd need, here's a list of questions they might ask you during the interview.
Can you name the three white Bordeaux varietals?
What is a torchon?
Who is Alice Waters?
What is a gimlet?
What is tartar?
What is sous vide?
Name four cuts of beef?
What are the varietals of Burgundy?
Etc. . ..
Before I saw the quiz, I thought I was pretty knowledgable about food. After seing the quiz, I only got about two thirds of them right. (My french wine knowledge is lacking.)
I still haven't eaten at The Kitchen, but when I finally get there, at least I know that the knowledge of the wait staff will be impeccable.
See the ad on Craigslist here.
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