1. Many dishes are served in a deconstructed manner, with no components touching each other.

2. There is a lot of concern over one tiny drop of sauce on a plate.

3. The basic counter seating has some fancy name like “Chef’s Counter” or “Dad’s Emporium of Dinosaur-Shaped Chicken Nuggets.”

4. If the carrots are not cut correctly, someone might start yelling.

5. You do a lot of deep breathing and counting to ten.

6. Throughout the meal, crumbs must be periodically cleared from the table.

7. The diners are unusually obsessed with smells and textures.

8. No matter how absurd their requests are, you’ve learned it’s better not to argue with the diners.

9. You frequently question what you are doing with your life.

10. Certain foods are disguised to look like something they are not.

11. There are sometimes a lot of questions about where the meat comes from.

12. Someone might be wearing a sequined romper.

13. Someone might be wearing on your nerves.

14. At least once a day, the food will bring someone to tears.

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Serving meals to young children: 1-14
Working in an upscale restaurant: 1-14