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A Waiter in Paris, by Edward Chisholm

Cover of A Waiter in Paris, by Edward Chisholm.

A memoir of Edward Chisholm’s time as a Parisian runner/waiter.

In 2011, Edward Chisholm moved from London to Paris in search of a satisfying career. He took a restaurant job while fantasising about becoming a writer. He managed to secure a position as a runner with very little knowledge of the French language or experience as a waitperson. After six brutal months, he became an official waiter.

The author shares the appalling working conditions that he and his co-workers faced behind the façade of fine French dining, as well as his experiences with squalid living conditions and homelessness.

This book is a fascinating and eye-opening read.

4.5/5 Stars