You probably have very little idea what the life of a server, cook, or restaurant manager looks like if you’ve never been one. Thankfully, there’s the Instagram hashtag #RestaurantLife, which offers a voyeuristic glimpse into the daily existence of these intrepid souls. People who live the #RestaurantLife know all about the burns, the animal organs, the camaraderie, and the occasional tomfoolery that it brings with it. If you relate to the photos below, you’ve probably lived the restaurant life at one point or another.
You might work at a restaurant if…
You burn the shit out of your hands on the reg (and have too much fun with your burn cream).
Your pastry scale starts talking to you.
You know how to cut the organs out of wild animals.
You’ve turned vegetables unto humorous characters to amuse your bored coworkers.
You have seen things like “the remnants of sticky toffee pecan topping and hot fudge from brunch pastries” leftover in the kitchen, and you’ve eaten them with impunity.
You routinely shotgun Red Bulls before your shift.
You start to detest groups of young kids who haven’t been taught basic human decency by their parents.
You have an obscene amount of $1 bills, which might be why the bodega cashier thinks you’re a stripper.
You start playing with food in your free time.
You realize the dishwasher is the hardest working employee in the kitchen and deserves an annual salary of $50,000.
You expect people to fuck with your shit (especially electronics).
You start fantasizing about switching over from working front of the house to the kitchen, because the sous chef makes cooking look so incredibly badass.
You realize going out with your coworkers means getting blackout and ending up at a Chinese restaurant at 6am.
You get ridiculously excited when you show up for work and find the manager cut you from the floor…only to have to stay and roll silverware.
Your “weekend” falls on a Monday and Tuesday.