How to put the pieces together
You leave school with a great set of tools, but a few years in the kitchen teaches you to wield them all at once like some culinary octopus.
How to get noticed
Knife skills won't get you ahead. Cleaning all the damn time will. Most graduates would be surprised to learn what their superiors value most.
That it doesn't stop
There are no sick days, vacations, graduation parties, or general breathers of any kind.
Dan Gentile is a staff writer on Thrillist's National Food and Drink team. He didn't learn anything in culinary school, except that their practice restaurants are tasty, affordable, and have slower-than-average service. Follow him to lasagna that takes way too long to arrive: @Dannosphere.