Update: Burke's getting his shifts covered
This is good news. Burke writes:
"I work at a restaurant called Ramblin' Jacks located in downtown Olympia. I'm just a lowly kitchen worker there, washing dishes, prep cooking, and I'm in charge of loading/unloading the smoker. The owner is a local guy who owns 2 other restaurants. I've been working for him for about 3 years now and he thinks I'm awesome, but is hesitant to make me a line cook because of my beard.
Anyway it's no problem to get shifts covered. I'll make sure the post will say I'm going to the NYCBMC."