Just for the record.....and remember this is just my opinion (professional or not) I did find the show amusing at first. Unfortunately it's progressed past that point. It's the heightened level of arrogance, anger and loose canon portrayal of all of us that have worked in a kitchen.
The average schmo has never had and because of these shows still has no clue about what it's like in the kitchen. I have family that even after being in the business for 20 years would look at me in utter surprise when I would say that I had to be at the restaurant 6hrs before open. They didn't realize what it took to get ready and thought we just kind meandered through things. That was until they actually visited the restaurant to see me before opening.
Part of the problem is there really aren't too many shows that show you that. and probably for good reason. Maybe because it doesn't make for good television?????? Then again there are probably a 1000 just in the kitchen and somethings were just not meant to be put on television for that reason.
Unfortunately the show this year...in just the first 2 episodes.......has been able to highlight the the worst possible attitudes and behavior from all aspects.........FOH and BOH. It's the fact that the producers have gone out of their way to outfit the show with the very reason why the restaurant industry is in it's current state and why it has never been taken nor received any form of serious respect. It's the "when I get a real job" mentality and the reason many end up saying........ when I get a real job. Drives me up the wall especially since I gave close to 30 years of my life and limb to the industry. It was my real job!
I admit the kitchen is a stressful place and we all have blown off steam. I have come close to crossing the line on more than one occasion and probably did but......you did your damdest to avoid it or at least that's what I was taught. But when you did, and I sure I did in my Bosses eyes, you paid the price.
This has been a long time building especially for me. Events all over during the last 10-12 years have prompted me to try and figure out what has gone wrong. If you're asking why or saying what a pin head I sound like that's not the case. It's because I fix things. 80% of the kitchens I took over needed to be turned around or restructured. I was mostly hired to mop up after a dismal start or when things had fallen to a low point after a few years of operations. I also did many start-ups as well.
Anyhow, I see something broken, the least I do is try to figure out the issue and then formulate a plan and then execute it. What that experience has shown me is that there are so many reasons why but the one that stands out in my mind is that I honestly believe the issue is the WWE, WWF or WW who gives a flying rats azz what ww it is. The Springers, the Real Housewives (Atlanta, OC, New Jersey) Miami social, etc, etc, etc "shtuff" that seem to be spewing forth on the airwaves currently. It's that whole in your face mentality that has become mainstream in todays teens as well as the 20 and 30 "nothings" that appear on shows like this. Who woulda thunk that acting like a inmature, overspoiled, underdisciplined @#!%%^**&^%$#$%^&*()_ would get you notoriety and fame. What ever happened to class, hard work and style?
It's been mentioned that this is entertainment and....believe it or not I would whole heartedly agree. But.......when the line between entertainment is blurred and that entertainment enters the mainstream in the form of actions and attitude....like the WWF, WWE, Extreme Fighting, etc have done.......Then it's not just entertainment. It rubs off. People become their environment. Can't help it and the only way for it not to........ is to change, fix or outright avoid it.
You eat fat and you get fat. You watch stoopid, arrogant, angry jackazzez you............