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Managers at In-N-Out Burger Are Making the Big Bucks

Plus, the Pioneer Woman’s restaurant is so popular, she’s opening a hotel to accommodate visiting patrons

An In-N-Out employee Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for John Varvatos
  • Anyone who is unsatisfied with their salary and looking for a career change should consider applying for a job with California fast-food favorite In-N-Out Burger. The chain’s managers, on average, take home an astounding $160,000 — which translates to 46,377 double-doubles — per year. That’s more than the average salaries of architects, lawyers, and software engineers in the Golden State.
  • What makes a great pastry chef? It may be the same skill set that makes a great architect. There is a growing class of culinary professionals who have made the transition from designing buildings to designing immaculate desserts. “Having studied architecture, I can put together a plated dessert because I understand composition — the need for balance and a focal point,” Lisa Lu, former pastry chef at San Francisco dining institution Boulevard, tells the New York Times.
  • Last year, Food Network superstar Ree Drummond, better known as the Pioneer Woman, opened the Mercantile, a titanic restaurant that serves around 6,000 people per day in the small town of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. Because Pawhuska doesn’t really have lodging to accommodate this level of tourism, Drummond now plans to open her own hotel adjacent to the Merc.