One of my very first jobs was working in the food prep station of a Burger King the summer after I finished high school. It was a job for which I was enormously grateful, and not just because it paid me the princely sum of $2.75 an hour and showed me my potential future if I didn't go to college.
The real advantage of working at a BK for a summer was that it permanently cured me of my addiction to fast food.
I had this job for a summer more than 20 years ago, yet to this day french fries are the only thing I can eat at a Burger King or at a McDonald's.
And it's not because of any lack of sanitary standards--the Burger King franchise I worked at was pretty darn clean. It was because I made thousands and thousands of burgers. Cheeseburgers, hamburgers, double cheeseburgers, Whoppers, double Whoppers--all ordered with every combination and permutation imaginable of ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles and special sauce.
After every shift I had to take a shower to get the Burger King smell off me. I saw burgers in my sleep. It was a fast food version of immersion therapy, except instead of desensitizing me, it it had the reverse effect.
Being around this food so much cured me of this "cuisine" for the rest of my life.
Have you ever had any food industry jobs that taught you lifelong lessons? What were they?
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