Everyone has a summer job story to tell.
Especially, it seems, people in the restaurant business. They didn’t all spend teenage summers honing skills in the food industry—there was a lawn-mowing gig, even stints at a dental office. But for these chefs, restaurateurs, and bartenders, important lessons were learned at the most basic, seemingly unrelated jobs. Whether toiling as a hostess at a California Pizza Kitchen or as a worker running bumper boats at a Florida amusement park while Jimmy Buffet played on repeat, each of these pros learned valuable lessons they still carry, making even the grossest of those tasks worth doing.