I am thrilled to death to get to work for this guy! Chef Cesare Casella is an Italian food rock star. This video takes place at his upper-west-side restaurant Salumeria Rosi (located on 73rd and Broadway) where I and three other students in my class (Ura, Craig, and Joe) have been interning for the past two months. Three days a week we go in and prep, work at Chef Cesare's beloved salumi counter, and even get thrown on the line during dinner service.
It is definitely hard going from a full day of school to a six hour shift at work, our feet hurt, we're exhausted and dirty, and all we want to do is sit down and have a drink. However, the experience is absolutely invaluable. We are learning so much that it's like attending two culinary schools at once. The lack of sleep and rest is definitely going to pay off when we get to Italy and already have some serious experience in our back pocket.
I can't remember another time in my life when I've eaten so much meat! please hold the laughter because I am actually being serious here. We try everything at Salumeria. Under the mentorship of the Chef-de-cuisine Aarone we have been taught the huge difference between a prosciutto di Parma and a prosciutto di San Danielle, the proper way to efficiently handle multiple tasks at once, and how to wrap and tie a porchetta (pig loin wrapped in pig belly and roasted) along with a myriad of other tips. It's been a lot of fun, a lot of work, and very educational.
Italy in one month...the countdown begins...