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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010
8:40 pm
[zanduar]
Just found out they are making a show called "Food Revolution". Interesting...
Friday, August 17th, 2007
5:58 pm
[zanduar]
Ack. Well I guess I could get more members, but I hate people who spam for invites.

Also if you seriously work full time in the food service industry you'll barely have time for this.

Tips for staying sane:

Think happy thoughts. Remember while you might be busting your ass off, you do have some down time at least (unless you are a sous/executive chef).

Always keep your options open. The food service industry has the highest burn out/turn over rate. Also people constantly need to eat. There are other jobs out there looking for people. If you are near a major city keep it in mind. While the commute might suck, usually city jobs pay much better. For example I live and work just outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. My same job gets paid anywhere from 2 to 4 dollars more in the city.

Remember about keeping your options open? Don't be a jerk to your boss but don't take shit either. If you are working hard and actually trying, you'll see that your job is relying on you. Once you have been there at least 3 months its alright to start asking for things. Days off, etc. And don't get taken advantage of. If you are being paid 10 bucks as a prep cook then be a prep cook. If they ask you to repeatedly to do something beyond the skill level of your current job then its time to start talking about a promotion or raise.

But also remember, no one is below dish work. If you are a sous chef making 40k salary and need to bust some suds, don't be angry about it. They are paying you well above what a dish washer makes.

There is always someone above your boss. Make sure you can get along with not only your boss but his boss. If you can't get a raise or promotion from your boss (that is if you are deserving of one) then remember there is someone above him to go to.

We are all human. Your boss might be a jerk. But remember, if he is truly doing his duty then he should be doing more work then you. A head chef or manager is just there to count money, they have to plan out months in advance, follow trends, set schedules, deal with multiple people and be pulled in a million other different directions. They also (hopefully) have a life outside of work to deal with. And so does everyone else. Bad days happen. Forgive and forget. Live and let live.

And last for now: No person is an island. If you expect to get anything done you have to work as a team. Unless of course you'd like to take orders, bust tables, order the food, cook the food, deal with the customer complaining about the food, lock up, count the money, try to figure out how not to go broke (New restaurants close within the first three years) and try to fight off the people in white jackets.



Remember, food service is a stressful line of work, but it can be rewarding. If you find yourself at your wits end, then its best to end it and/or find something better.
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
12:21 am
[zanduar]
First Post
Welcome my brothers and sisters to a safe haven for the food service workers of the world.

To tell you a bit about myself I'm a culinary graduate, I love food, I love cooking but I'm actually getting out of the field.

Why?

Because after four years of working, talking with dozens of people, most of the industry is the same.

Cooks and servers make shitty money, while managers make a ton. Its more about who you know and who you suck up to instead of skill, talent and hard work. And that regardless of that, if you are a cook and want to be a chef, you'll find yourself working way too many hours for not as much money as you think. Doing too much work, usually dealing with corporate BS, to go home, sleep and come right back to do it again.

So you have two choices.

You can either not go into cooking professionally or you can revolt. You can stand up and scream out "I will not put up with this shit anymore." Whether it means quitting for good or making a positive change for yourself.

This community can also be for posting recipes, talking about trends in food, etc. but mostly its for what lj does best, drama. It is your place to full on bitch about your job, pay, customers, employees, etc.
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