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Critic-Turned-Cook Goes Job Hunting

Critic Turned Cook follows former Seattle Post-Intelligencer food critic Leslie Kelly on her journey away from the keyboard and into the kitchen. Take it away, Leslie! ©iStockphoto.com/annestahl There’s nothing more depressing than trying to find a job, especially in this depressed economy. Ever since I decided to make the leap from being a food critic to working as a cook, I’ve managed to land some plum spots using my connections. Because, you know, it’s not what you know; it’s who you know. Still, I really wanted to find a position without dangling my well-seasoned resumé as a professional eater. Fat chance, right? I started where most cooks do: putting in my application at a fast food restaurant. And immediately started... More

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