Lesley Balla’s Chef Hazing Story–Two Years in the Making

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Lesley Balla, blogstress at Eater LA, wrote If You Can’t Take the Heat two years ago, and it’s finally published. She tells the tale:

In early 2006, just when I started freelancing, I heard the James Beard Foundation was launching a new print magazine and looking for
pitches. I thought this was the perfect vehicle, lots of chefs would
read it, restaurant people, food magazine editors. I honestly would
have done it for free because I loved this story. I interviewed chefs from all over the country, some I knew, some I’ve never heard of, Anthony Bourdain because he happened to be in town on a book tour, a chef who hazed me (a server) almost 15 years ago. I submitted the story in August/Sept 2006. The editor loved it!

But then…nothing. Months went by, very little word, nothing. They finally paid; at least there was that.

The print magazine turned into a newsletter, and I was told the story would run in November or December 2007. Came, went. So I put it all out of my mind because really, would the story hold up? Would it still be relevant? Would I be embarrassed if it went out now? Well it did hold up, is still relevant, and I’m not embarrassed one bit. It’s here!

I remembered how much fun it was to write. Would I write it differently today? Perhaps…probably. But I’m glad it finally saw the light of day.

Bottom line: Persistence and patience paid off.

Earlier:
FBLA Meets Eater LA–Lesley Balla