Cooks drink drinks

Food — By Crust on September 11, 2010

When you are a cook surrounded by excess it can be difficult to moderate your lifestyle. My role models are hard as fuck. Cooks like Bryan can go out all night and into the morning for days. Scott Dicks looks innocent enough but the man drinks lots coffee, smokes a half a pack a day and stays up all night after his 12 hour shift playing guitar and drinking whiskey almost every night. Drinking everyday, smoking and pounding coffee are very normal in the kitchen. I try and be self aware when it comes to my body but it is easy to get into a routine.

When you look up to people like Anthony Bourdain and Hunter S Thompson all you want to do is be a degenerate visionary gonzo type. I recently took some time off drinking and caffeine and it was strange being in the kitchen drinking herbal tea. It took me a while to come to terms with the fact that I’m a lady and I need real balance in my day, not fake balance where I drink some water after my daily intake of beer and bourbon. I’ve been learning to switch it up, sometimes beer and bourbon, sometimes just a splash of red wine, and sometimes bubbly water and a day without booze. As a cook it is harder to not have a drink everyday than it is to just shut up and drink what is put in front of you.

I find myself reflecting on this because I’m at the chef congress and I done drunked too much, I smoked a pack of cigarettes and haven’t slept much in days. It’s fun, it’s been awhile since I’ve stumbled around in the soft forrest. I’m thinking there is a sometimes connection between drinking and cooking. We are surrounded by excess here at the congress; free booze everywhere you turn, weed and such freely circulating. Kyle took one look around the congress, his face lit up and then he took off into the night laughing hysterically. I found him a few hours later face down half in the tent, shirt off, one shoe, and a pile throw up.

The point of my story is that booze and caffeine make you pee out all your vitamins, and if you pee them out ever day for four years you can start to be haggard and you find yourself with no option other than trying to heal your ulcer with rooibos tea and cabbage juice.

6 Comments

  1. The Other Mom says:

    And now you have to cook all day and night for the Congress. Hope Kyle can keep up with you.

  2. Mum says:

    mmmmm … cabbage juice…

  3. peach says:

    i remember watching crust and the endive, drunk beside the fire, being charmed by a snake in the wee hours of the morning. it was rad to finally meet the both of you, and it’s also a damned shame that there were little to no shenanigans taking place in the perpetual piss that fell from the sky on saturday. good luck in saskatoon, crust.

  4. Crust says:

    It was really nice to meet you peach. That shit was crazy. I had fun running around in the woods with you.

  5. The Other Mom says:

    I happen to know that you ROCKED at the Chef Congress and your dish was the favorite of pretty much all the 500 chefs there. I am SOOOO proud of you guys : )

  6. Colleen says:

    There is no doubt that a lot of hard living will bite you in the ass eventually.

    That said, I am glad that you had a good time. It sounded like way too much of a party for me. Hence my non-attendance. Sometimes you don’t want to see the people that you respect get that lit up.

    Moderation is good. No one said that you have to be a pirate all of the time.

    xo

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