As the Mawson Chef I know one thing, I couldn’t do the job without you guys, the slushy (kitchen hand/assistant). Or could I? Haha? You just have to love them because they come in all shapes and sizes, and from all walks of life.
Each day brings a new slushy, and each day a new character. Some are musicians, some are comedians, some are cleaners and some are a little dodgy. Some aren’t in to the kitchen world at all, some know it all, some will give you all the culinary advice you need, some come with worldly knowledge of culinary delights from their homeland or vast worldly travels. And of course Mum always gets a mention: “My Mum used to…” or “My Mum does it this way…”. Some work their own hours, some come to have a rostered day off and some are here in body only as they are still thinking about their trade. “Hey Rocket, I've just got to go and sort this job out. I'll be back in a minute.” And then there is the MP3 player. The slushy chooses the music for the day and it can take up to half an hour to sort their shuffle! Some like to pace themselves as they do in their own trade, and others work to the bone.
Hey, but it wouldn’t be kitchen living Antarctic style if this didn’t happen. It’s their home and if they were at home it would be the same. They all say they love their slushy duties but I’m not so sure? Do I believe this? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. Either way, it doesn’t matter and you've just got to love this Antarctic life and kitchen living.
All in all, at the end of the day, we get the job done with a five o'clock beer or wine.
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MAWSON SLUSHIES.
Rodney ‘Rocket’ Charles, Mawson Chef 2014