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Jonathan Dixon, a former staff writer for Martha Stewart, has started a rather vivid blog about his fresh start as a student of the Culinary Institute of America. You gotta feel for the guy when at 6:15 a.m. hes struggling to cut a fish with a gruesomely injured hand and one of his instructors asks, What the hell are you doing? Dixon's honesty I dont know doesn't get him anywhere: [The Chefs] lips pursed and he looked like he might spit bile. His breathing picked up speed. He said, Yeah no kidding you dont know. And you thought the judges on Top Chef were mean. [19 Months via Serious Eats]