With my job coming to an end, I was ready to take it easy for a month. The plan was to maybe help out Chef Alfonso a little, mostly by taking another photoshoot before the move to California. When I went to his restaurant, 5 Rabanitos in Pilsen, it was clear that chef was feeling the stress of his own business: he had lost weight.
Chef Alfonso asked if I would be interested in waiting tables, to help train his staff and make sure the front of house was running well. I was non-committal, but I could see the strain on my friend’s face. We were taking food photos in the sunlight up by the front windows, and a table asked to speak to a manager: chef sent me over.