Okay, I am open for any and all suggestions. I am a mature 40 something female. I have been in the restaurant industry for more than 15 years and have owned my own restaurant briefly. I have been an assistant manager, restaurant manager, sous chef but I was being passed over and denied other opportunities because I lacked formal education. Now I am about to graduate from culinary school in December. My problem is that no one gives me any respect and won't let me into this boys club. It doesn't matter that I work more hours than most of the young kids and do twice the work. The 20 something guys are the ones given real cooking positions. How do I break into this chef's domain. I am hoping to get significant kitchen/cooking experience but no one will give me the chance. I want to get my certification sometime next year, but I can't get the "hands on" experience to work with the new skills I have acquired. I really don't know what to do. If anyone can please give me some guidance. Just for the record, the place that I work currently the chef I have been assigned to calls me "sweetie", never by my name and there are no females in any major cooking positions. Help.
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7/4/06 at 9:08pm