100 Strangers - Mark Reierson
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082.100 Len

082.100 Len

As I headed back to my office I decided to walk through one of the back alley-ways. Behind a row of restaurants, one kitchen door was propped open and above the door was an old painted sign that read “People’s Lunch.” Inside, I could see some activity in the small kitchen, so I framed the scene through the doorway and was making some photos when a guy dressed all in black walked out the door. Thinking I was busted for taking photos of the kitchen and him, I approached and queried him about the signage above the door. He did not know much about the sign aside from that it had been there longer than he had — over 12 years.

This is Len. He is a Sous Chef at the restaurant, calling his job a labour of love because of the long hours. When I asked how he’d ended up in the food business, Len told me it wasn’t something he’d originally planned; it came down to being in the right place at the right time and being open to trying something different, not to mention the willingness to work hard. I have always been curious how people get into the work they do and so I enjoyed hearing Len’s story. It always amazes me how much people will share when asked simple questions about themselves.

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