02/26/2013 12:36 pm ET

Marcelino Martinez, Hamburger Hamlet Legend, On The Job for 43 Years And Counting

Each morning at 7, Marcelino Martinez arrives at the Hamburger Hamlet in Sherman Oaks.

Wearing a thick white chef's coat, he inspects the fryers first — for the purity of the cooking oil and height of the flame.

This has been his routine for 43 years.

In this kitchen and many like it, the restaurant manager has trained hundreds of fellow Zapotec Indians from the highlands of Oaxaca, Mexico, to cook patty melts, onion rings and lobster bisque at El Hamlet.

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