Michael Cirino Stages in the Alinea Kitchen

Update: Michael Cirino’s second dispatch on the Alinea kitchen can be found by clicking here.

In the first of a multipart series (quelle Dumas!), Cirino reveals the goings-on of the first two hours with wide eyes and a Bill Buford-esque attention to detail:

without warning it was 14:00—in Alinea parlance this means that everyone immediately stops what they are doing (literally) and cleans the entire workspace. The room was brutally scrubbed and the sheer force of action took me off guard. I have never witnessed this kind of militaristic rule over a team of people, and it was mind-blowing … What I assumed at first was an uncomfortable break in the middle of prep was soon revealed to be the secret of Alinea’s success.

Update: Michael Cirino’s second dispatch on the Alinea kitchen can be found by clicking here.

In the first of a multipart series (quelle Dumas!), Cirino reveals the goings-on of the first two hours with wide eyes and a Bill Buford-esque attention to detail:

[Photo: Alinea/Official Site]