My expectation (which was expressed in specific terms before he started) was to hire him in the Head/Executive role and for him to have full responsibility for the kitchen. I created the menu (given the timing) and while I have asked repeatedly for his input and suggestions, he has declined. He is having the other chef do all of the prep work except for the meat cutting. He has even had her create and place all of the vendor orders.
The biggest issue is how he treats the rest of the staff. He is generally angry and condescending making uncalled for remarks and being just generally rude to all of the staff. They are afraid to ask him questions or approach him about issues. I had hoped for a generally happy kitchen but have gotten one that is fraught with stress and angst.
To give you some background, we do not have any restaurant experience but have run an upscale hunting lodge for 5 years with good results. I am also a partner/owner in a national consulting firm and work with high powered physician and hospital executives on a daily basis. Neither of these ventures have nearly the stress or drama that we have in the new restaurant in the kitchen. As an aside, we do good bar business and we don't have any of these issues with our bar manager and the staff in her area.
Are we being unrealistic to expect him to treat the staff with respect and fairness and to actually take responsibility for the job he is being paid to do? We have had alot of compliments on our food but even if the kitchen was running smoothly and getting food out in time (it isn't), I don't think his behavior is appropriate. We have had almost daily discussions about our expectations but it seems to be getting worse rather than better. During a meeting this morning, he told us that the kitchen had to be a dictatorship we told him if that was the case then it had to be a benevolent one.....not a tyranical one. He disagreed. I have had about enough and am looking to find someone else.
Does anyone have any experience working with someone like this and if so, what has worked to make things better - or are we better off just moving on...Any input would be appreciated.