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“Bring it back to the boil. That’s it. Keep stirring. Now set the timer.”

The chef watched the trainee and sighed. The whole purpose of an assistant was to free up some of his own time, but he had to stand supervising, spelling everything out to him time and time again.

“Now tease the pasta with your fork. Is it just right? Not too soft, not too hard? Good. Now stir in the meat.”

The trainee looked puzzled. “But you didn’t tell me to buy any meat.”

The chef, who had now picked up a sharp gleaming knife, simply smiled.

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