Chefs at culinary schools have gotten a bad rep. We tend to think of them as talented but downright terrifying, exactly the way Jonathan Dixon portrays them in his new blog, 19 Months. Dixon just started cooking school at the CIA, and in his second post he writes about trying to de-bone a fish while an angry instructor looms over his shoulder:
When this guy cuts a fish, the flesh seems to just swim away from its body. The bones and ribs are bare, and you can hear a chorus of mermaids and sirens singing through the mists. He stared me down. He was about six inches from me; I could feel either heat or hostility radiating off of him. He kept staring. I noticed that his eyes were seriously blood shot. I forgot completely about my hand. His lips pursed and he looked like he might spit bile.
Dixon is a New York based writer, who describes himself as being "old enough" that he has no business being enrolled in cooking school, but judging by his first few posts, it's clear his writing is not only entertaining, it's educational.