At times I think we have the perfect job working in CHOW’s test kitchen. Our responsibilities are to cook food, eat food and occasionally write about food. But alas no job is perfect because, as anyone who has ever spent time in the kitchen knows, what’s left when the cooking and eating are over is a pile of dirty dishes. So many dishes that it sometimes feels as though we do nothing else.

So we decided to do a very unscientific study of how much time a week we spend standing over the sink. Some of us were more adamant than others about keeping a detailed record of our dish duty, but what we came up with was in general we each spent about six hours a week scrubbing away, making us possibly the highest paid dishwashers in San Francisco.

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