my sympathiesI had something similar happen to me in the Pastry Kitchens. I was hired as a P/T, as I only had Fri, Sat, and Sun off from school. The Pastry Chef left and they placed the SUSHI chef who had Pastry experience in charge of the kitchen till they found a Pastry Chef.
I started to work in one of the MOST ELITE communities in Florida, the Pastry Kitchen was located in a converted Mansion that housed the restaurant. Our Kitchen was the size of a walk in closet.
I ended up working like 75 hours a week! Even though I told the chef that I couldn't work early mornings she scheduled me to be in between 7/8 am sometimes at 6 am.
We wouldn't leave till 12 or 1 am!
She insisted on making dessert dishes from her country, when people just wanted comfort things like Coconut custard pies..which she made with rum flavored whipped cream folded into raw, shredded coconut in a graham crust..( my reaction was WTF??)
I was hired because of my skills as a cake decorator, they were trying to keep the event cakes in house, rather pay me an hourly wage, than a vendor thousands for an event cake. Ok, I understood that, but my chef, I think she didn't like that.
The final straw was all the kitchen politics..she wouldn't allow us to eat, no breaks only work from the time we got there till the time we BEGGED to go home.
She decided to call in sick one day and it was so funny, we managed to make the days products and the cheesecakes, we worked so well together and the kitchen felt so much lighter. ( she was surprised when she got back, obviously thought we'd fall apart if she wasn't there )
One morning I get to work at 8 am, find the kitchen locked, NO ONE HAD THE KEYS to the kitchen, Chef couldn't be found anywhere, one girl doesn't show up and another one that chef had decided to fire because she went home for the holidays instead of working came in.
She not only insulted me for not having the days products ready, but, in going over her head in calling in the girl to work.
again..WTF? I was supposed to run that kitchen by myself? Tell the girl.."GO HOME, Chef fired you...but you didn't know anything about that?" Now THAT would've been overstepping my authority!
I finally had enough of her crazy, moody behavior and threw my apron down and was going to walk away, when she started to scream at me about unprofessionalism. I guess she was channeling Chef Ramsey from ****'S KITCHEN?
SO, off to the Executive Chef we go, nothing really resolved, I apologized...decided to continue my work. I call in for my hours the next week, Pastry Chef...never calls back, never answers the phone...I never got to go back to that kitchen.
Leaving message after message, after about the 5th call, I decided to "give up the ghost" Talk about unprofessionalism! I deduced that I was fired just like the other girl.
Then I find out Excecutive Chef and Crazy Pastry Chef are "housemates" they were a couple.
I didn't have a chance in Hades to get him to see MY side of the crazy comedy.
That's when I decided that I should just open my own place.