Thanks to FastCoDesign for posting this infographic reminding us that some of the worst jobs in past centuries have involved cooking and dining. For example, consider what it was like to be the official "taster" of meals for the 16th century emperor of the Indian state of Hindustan. The infographic points out that if the emperor eats tainted food, the taster can "expect to be hacked to death."
Being a 14th century alewife in England also had its on-the-job perils. Read more about it here.