You should definitly receive a written ticket for your orders. Do not be afraid to ask the expoditer for a recall on the order or for an all day for everything you should have going. An efficient kitchen is one that communicates. As for your loss of passion for food. That is a tuff one. I went through it for years. I have just recently reclaimed my love for the art of culinary. My best advisement is to go out sometime and try new foods at other resteraunts. Do not go to any chain establishment. No offense to any of those places, but I have worked in some of them in the past and they are too "cookie cutter" for me. It takes a different type of cook to be happy in those places.
As for your fear of trying the new. That is human nature. To overcome that I suggest taking something you know you like and play with it in your spare time. Use others ideas as an inspiration for yourself. Take things you know go well together and play with it. One of the most important things to remember is that recipes are created through experimentation. If people did not try anything new in the kitchen we would all be eating extremely bland food (ie salt was originally used as a preservative and was discoverd to add to the flavor of the meat it used to preserved). I myself am allergic to all forms of seafood, yet I am not afraid to create dishes using seafood. I take the food and use my knowledge of what goes well with it and use it as a springboard to create something new. If you're not sure how it taste, taste the additions before adding it to the seafood and/or get another cooks opinion. Remember it is not just your pallot you are trying to please. If we just made the food we liked there would be many dishes that were never created.
This is just my opinion on what should be done. It may not help you as it has helped me, but I hope it helps you in some way. Passion in food is like the passion in any relationship. You sometimes require a change in environment or in yourself to keep it alive.
Good luck in your search for the passion again.