Yes, we know about people who wrestle wild animals for a living, or are in the special forces, but what common job do you consider the most grueling? Answers.com has a cook respondent who talks about 14 hour days, six days a week and I have heard similar stories. They stated the chef works longer hours. Last night, I saw two guys pull a 21 hour day, then get three hours of sleep, only to repeat what will be 20+ hour days for the next three days. A Food Network event is happening and most of the sous chefs either had other commitments or were/are sick, thus the crazy hours for the remaining three sous chefs. To make matters worse, the three sous chefs had to prepare for 1,000 people, feed a hungry crowd last night, and later tonight, even before the Food Network chefs show up tomorrow. I consider this breed of cooks and chefs extremely remarkable. I want to hear your cook/chef stories.