Night after night, chefs and their crews are able to multitask and produce in a way that puts deskbound workers to shame. In Work Clean, Dan Charnas uncovers their secret: mise-en-place - the organizational system that transforms the lives of its practitioners through focus and self-discipline. Through interviews with top chefs working in professional kitchens all over the world, culinary students, line cooks and restaurant employees, Charnas reveals the ten major principles of mise-en-place -- including 'Arranging spaces', 'Finishing actions' and 'Slowing Down to Speed Up' -- and demonstrates how they can be used to boost productivity in all aspects of life.
Dan Charnas is an award-winning journalist and author of The Big Payback: The History of the Business of Hip-Hop. He has also worked at media, marketing and tech executive for companies including Warner Bros and Sony and as a producer for MTV, VH1 and FitTV. He is currently an associate arts professor of writing, history and emergent media at the Tisch School of the Arts and New York University.