You can now get paid to taste Yorkshire Puddings, so quit your job right this second
Folks, no matter where you are in life, don't think you're too old to chase your dreams. I think it's always better late than never, so if you're in your cubicle reading this article to distract you from your work, I might have the dream job for you, especially if you love delicious food.
Professional food tasting is one of those jobs that's fun to think about but actually awful once you get down to work, but unlike most food tasting jobs, I literally can't see a way this could go wrong.
Yorkshire Puddings are the best part of any roast, hands down. Forget the dry chewy meat, bland potatoes or various boiled vegetables - give me more of that delicious dough, please. Regardless of the occasion or season, I could eat those bad boys all day. And now with this rather providential job posting, I actually can. Excuse me while I hand in my notice.
There's a bar in Leeds which has a problem, and as far as problems go, this one's... quite a good problem to have. Y'see, The Botanist has got a blueprint for a good Yorkshire Pudding, but need a little bit of help getting the delicate, precipitous balance right between crispy and fluffy. A difficult task, indeed, but as Head Chef Sebastian writes in his advert, maybe the perfect task for you:
"One lucky candidate will be chosen to attend a session at The Botanist Trinity, where you’ll be served a wide range of Yorkshire puddings made using different methods, with gravy of course! Oh, and did we mention we’ll pay YOU £250 for your time? Your feedback will be used to help our team to continue serving the very best Yorkshire puddings, and settle a few arguments around who’s family recipe really is the best! [sic]"
Yup, you read that right (I hope): you can get paid as much as £250 to sit and eat Yorkshire Pudding all day, but sadly folks, it's not quite the dream job we'd all hoped. There's always a catch, isn't there?! First off, if you live in London, Manchester or Birmingham, Alabama, you're immediately out of the running: only Yorkshire residents are eligible.
Secondly, if you're a Yorkshire resident and you just want to eat your local delicacy, then more bad news: they're looking for a pudding professional to test their Yorkshire Pudding, not just any old guy or gal off the street. But if you still feel up to the task, then Sebastian details how you can win the job of a lifetime: just recount your favourite roast moment. Y'know, the kind of memory everybody has.
"Maybe you travelled miles back home for your Mum’s roast beef after a break up, or did you pop the question over the gravy boat? Perhaps your most prominent memory is burning the potatoes to crisps and having to eat out instead! Whatever made that roast dinner memorable, we want to know about it.
The applicant with the story that makes us laugh or cry the most will be given the chance to join us at the tasting session."
Well, folks, what are you waiting for? I mean, apart from your visa to clear so you can move to Leeds. If the stars align for you, then I suggest you get your submissions in right away. Seriously. If you don't, I'm going to. Get on it.