Meet Tapatio. He is currently my favorite at work, for obvious reasons. Remember that *other* guy that used to be my favorite? Yeah well, he is no longer with us and I now found a replacement feeder.
That’s right…he feeds me!
Tapatio first came to the restaurant as an extern, needing to fill his hours for school. The first role that he assumed was as a runner, running food. Maybe that’s the only position that was open at the time…I am not sure. OR maybe he needed to fill hours for both FOH and BOH. I am sure one of his most memorable experiences as a food runner might be when he dropped a plate of hot food on a customer and burned their arm! Fun times…
Eventually, Tapatio started training in the back, but he was still floating around from BOH to FOH. He is apparently working to obtain four different degrees or something. Wow~ What an ambitious young man.
As of now, Tapatio is an official BOH employee. He no longer works FOH. He’s the man working the grill a couple of nights a week. And when Miss Kim is working her way through the starving nights and going through one of her behgorage moments, too hungry and/or too busy to make something for herself, Tapatio steps up to throw something together.
“Surprise me,” I’d tell him.
“Okay, I’ll surprise you,” he’d answer.
This is the night he threw on a skirt steak for me on the grill…..after surviving a mad rush and as I was about to pass out or slap someone from starvation.
The first few bites will kill the hunger pains. And then it’s back to grinding, finding a second to go back for another bite, and repeat. By the time I am ready to really dig in, the food is already cold, nasty, and lost its appeal. But hey, we eat like dogs in the kitchen. Something like this is a treat!