Restaurant Business Magazine - Article about PLATES - May 2007

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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and his collection of plates from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            around the world. Best of all, a small
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Side lines                                                         since my 20s.” He
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  practices taekwondo

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            room next to the restaurant’s office                                                                                  five or six days a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            could be converted into a playroom for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the couple’s three daughters. With
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               R    EAL FULFILLMENT RARELY

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   comes only from
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               work. You really need a
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  week, after lunch service.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “To be a good cook,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            mom and dad working a few feet away,               hobby. Here are a few                                              you have to be in good
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            the girls could hang out on weekend                industry folks who’ve                                              physical shape. And
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            nights, occupied with books, coloring              found satisfaction away                                            with taekwondo I feel
                                                                             BY PATR I C IA C O B E                                                                                                                                         and games.                                         from the restaurant.                                               I’m getting better at
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “I had been traveling from Westchester                                                                             cooking—at my job.”
                                                                 on the job for less than two years.           Mornings start with Fernandez                                                                                                County to New York City, working in the


                   been notorious for its long hours                Nevertheless, 60- to 70-hour work-       cooking a hearty sit-down breakfast.                                                                                           kitchens of David Bouley and Daniel                                                                                   THE WORLD TRAVELER
                   and grueling schedules. But high              weeks, nights and weekends are              After the family finishes eating, he                                                                                           Boulud, but I wanted to be around my                                                                                  JohnPaul Damato,
            turnover rates and a reordering of                   still the norm in many restaurants. As      pairs up with six-year-old Nicky for a                                                                                         kids more,” Matthew says.                                                             16. Art influences his          executive chef, Mio,
            priorities—especially among younger                  change slowly comes to the industry,        reading lesson and does flash cards                                                                                               Although Matthew works 85-hour                                                     food, and cooking influ-        Washington, D.C.
            workers—are bringing a change.                       some people forge their own paths to        with four-year-old Catherine while Lyn                                                                                         weeks, he’s happier now. “I’m very                                                    ences his art: Fourier          “When I go on vacation
               “Quality of life is the number one                achieve better balance—and greater          teaches the older two kids. Once                                                                                               attached to my children,” he says. “Being                                             uses heavy-duty freezer         with my kids I always
            reason a manager will leave the industry,”           happiness.                                  Fernandez leaves for work, Lyn finishes                                                                                        an entrepreneur gives me the chance                                                   bags full of paint like a       throw in a little work,”
            claims Teresa Siriani, president of                                                              the day’s lessons.                                                                                                             to fit it all on one plate—my business,                                               pastry bag to add texture       says Damato. He got
            People Report, a company that bench-                 A: THE HOME-SCHOOL SOLUTION                   “My parents always worked a lot of                                                                                           my personal life and my family.”                                                      to his canvases. The chef       inspiration for Mio at a
            marks and analyzes human resource                    Ralph Fernandez, executive chef/partner     hours,” Fernandez recalls. “I wanted to                                                                                                                                                                              paints mostly at night          tapas bar in Spain.
            practices in foodservice. Flexibility to             at Moshulu at Penn’s Landing in             be more involved with my kids. I’m the                                                                                         C: LIVE NEAR YOUR WORKPLACE                                                           and on his days off. “It’s      The bar had hanging
            balance work/life issues is one of                   Philadelphia, works 10-hour days—with       happiest I’ve been in my whole life.”                                                                                          When Gale Gand gave birth to twin girls                                               always been a battle            lamps with menus
            the top five “satisfiers” that impact                an hour commute on each end. To                                                                                                                                            over two years ago, she decided a                  THE MARATHON RUNNER                to fit painting into my         written on rice paper
            workplace happiness, she adds,                       carve out more family time, he and wife     B: PLAYING ON THE JOB                                                                                                          change was in order. So she and Rick               Tom Parlo, executive               schedule.”                      shades, and Damato
            citing a Society for Human Resource                  Lyn home school their four kids,            In 2003, Matthew and Wendy Karp,                                                                                               Tramonto—partners in Tru Restaurant                chef, Mandarin Oriental,                                           plans a similar treatment
            Management study. The SHRM 2006                      ages 2 to 10.                               co-owners of Plates in Larchmont, New                                                                                          and Cenitare Restaurant Group—opened               Miami                                                              for a small bar fronting

                                                                                                                                                                PHOTOGRAPHY (L. TO R.) BY JARED CASTALDI, BARBARA HANSEN AND BRETT KRAMER
            Job Satisfaction Survey Report notes                    Since Fernandez has Sundays and          York, first saw the historic house that                                                                                        four restaurants in the Westin Chicago             Parlo runs 20 to 40 miles                                          Mio’s open kitchen.
            that balance is ranked second (right                 Mondays off, Saturday is a school day       was to become their restaurant. The                                                                                            North Shore, only four minutes from                a week and gets some                                               “I always pick up new
            behind compensation) for employees                   and Sunday and Monday are the “week-        park-side setting was perfect for show-                                                                                        Gand’s suburban Chicago home. “I can               of his best ideas on the                                           ideas while I’m on
            35 and younger, females and those                    ends” in the Fernandez home.                ing off Matthew’s new American cuisine                                                                                         shuttle back and forth several times a             hoof. “It’s one of the                                             vacation,” he says.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            day,” she says.                                    unexpected benefits.                                                            — TH   STR E N K
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              On the day we spoke, Gand had                    If I have a problem in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            opened Gale’s Coffee Bar, where she is             the kitchen, solutions
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            executive pastry chef, at 5 a.m., scooted          just come to me as
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            home at 7:30 with a latte in hand for her          I’m running.”
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            husband, Jimmy Seidita, put breakfast
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            on the table for the kids, drove her son           THE ABSTRACT ARTIST
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            to school and the girls to Montessori,             Jeff Fournier,
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            went back to the restaurant, then picked           chef/owner, 51 Lincoln,            THE MARTIAL ARTIST
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            up the twins for lunch and a nap. And              Newton Highlands,                  Jacky Robert, chef/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Gand prepares the family dinner three              Massachusetts                      co-owner, Petit Robert
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            times a week.                                      “Painting is much                  Bistro, Boston
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               “My career gives me lots of pleasure            more than a hobby,” says           “I’m 57 years old,” says
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            and self-esteem, but my children never             Fourier, who’s been                Robert, “but I’m in
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            feel like they’re competing with it,” Gand         studying art since he was          the best shape I’ve been

              A                                                   B                                           C                                                                                                                             says. “I’m happier, healthier and less
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            guilty than I’ve ever been.

       8 Nearly half of all adults in the country have worked         9 The Baby Boomers, God bless ’em.   10 Anthony Bourdain is one of us, and somewhere                                                                                  11 Working in a restaurant is one            12 ...which isn't for everybody, and makes it                 13 We work with food. And we love food.
         in restaurants—and they have the stories to prove it.                                                in the world right now he’s eating really well.                                                                                  big, fat adrenaline rush...                  kind of cool that it suits you so well.

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