All the Terrible Things I’ve Seen While Bartending on Valentine’s Day
“I barged the toilet door to find this girl, one leg on the disabled bar, being humped over the toilet by the busser.”
What It's Like to Eat Everything on the Wetherspoons Christmas Menu
All three starters, two mains, and two puddings.
I Worked in a Mob Restaurant
We spoke to a waiter who spent the summer working in a restaurant known as much for its organised crime clientele as for its food.
It’s Time We Gave Waiters as Much Recognition as Chefs
“The front-of-house team aren’t cooking, but they do as much of the job as the chefs. I would go back to a restaurant if the food was average but the service was amazing."
Restaurant Rejects Waitress Using a Laughing Emoji
Insert sad face emoji here.
This Waiter Got Fired for Pretending to Have Cancer to Get Better Tips
The server was let go when reports emerged of him taking very generous tips after spinning some yarn about how he required cancer treatment.
What It’s Like to Work in a Fast Food Restaurant on Christmas Day
It’s weird having to wish everyone “Merry Christmas” when I guess a lot of people don’t want to be reminded. I mean, if it's merry, what are you doing here?
Women in the Restaurant Industry Are Still Being Paid Less Than Men
A recent study from UK hospitality recruitment agency The Change Group shows that while there are more women than men in wait staff positions, many earn up to 20 percent less.
A Waiter Can Only Smile So Much Before He Snaps
Yes, of course you deserve a glass of water with your meal. And yes, you ought to get another round of drinks before your entrees arrive. But cut this overworked waiter some slack before decides to cut you instead.
Why Waiters Are Racing Through London's Soho with Trays of Prosecco
London’s Soho Waiters Race dates back to the 1950s and sees local waitstaff run through the streets holding a bottle of fizz balanced on a tray. “The waiters are part of the community,” explains race volunteer Tim Baros. “We want to build relationships...
Being a Chef Made Me a Sex Addict
Before I started working in kitchens, I was a bookish design student. But the long, demanding hours on the line kept me from regular romantic relationships and I became someone who craved nothing but hot, quick, sweaty sex at the end of service.
Cocaine in the Tiramisu: What I Saw Working for a Restaurant Run by the Polish Mafia
Orgies, beatings and shifty-eyed teenage boys in tracksuits – my time waitressing at the Yangtze was a big, fat cliché.
Szymon Duch*, Illustrations by Ella de Souza