|Updated: 10/22/2012 9:16 am
||Published: 10/22/2012 9:14 am
The State Fair is infamous for its unorthodox drinks and food, but on this week's Chad Do My Job I went to a Greek vendor to serve up some tasty treats.
Tucked in a sea of turkey legs, corn dogs, and - yes - chocolate covered bacon, lies Paizis' Gyros - a Greek concession stand at the Arkansas State Fair.
It certainly stands out amongst the crowd and was my jobsite for the day.
Owner Hari Paizis wasted no time and put me straight to work.
"You're going to be flipping pitas, cutting the lamb, cooking some beef, mixing the vegetables, then make yourself a sandwich."
Not sure Garneau is Greek but I’ll see if I can make it work.
The first task I could do in my sleep - flipping pitas. The next challenge was the toughest - cutting the lamb.
Before I began, Hari showed me how to slice it just right.
"It's all in the shoulder,” Hari said. “It's all in the shoulder. Like playing the violin."
"I don't play the violin."
"Well, you'll learn today."
I think my slices are good enough but Hari doesn't see it that way.
"My goodness. Chad, if you were working for me, I would be out of a job in two days."
"What am I doing wrong?"
"You're cutting steaks"
since Hari didn't like my cutting skills, I reverted to easier tasks - like cooking the meat and mixing the veggies.
Finally I make a couple gyros for customers and even got a lunch break of my own, thanks to Hari.
Hari said I did a great job but he doesn't want me cutting any of his lamb soon. I think I should work on that skill in the future.