Mistake recovery, quick thinking and impromptu changes are something I pride myself one, everyone make mistakes -it's the recovery that is the real lesson .I think I seriously have made all of the obvious mistakes one can make, and most of the not-so-obvious ones
-just typing that is temping fate.
But the mistake that weighs most heavily on my mind is one weekend when I lost sight of what it's all about.
A friend (an acquaintance) of mine who had been featured briefly in a Food Network segment, (let's call him Bob) he had a few connections and decided he was going to shoot a pilot episode for FN. Bob's idea was pretty solid, local Chefs, farm to table, ect. Bob wanted me to do a piece on pig butchering, breaking down the pig, and ultimately prepare a dish. When the weekend came, I ordered the pig and got everything set up, foolishly agreeing to "shoot" on a Friday afternoon. We were scheduled for noon, the first call came in at 1:30
Bob: "we're running late, we need a few more scenes -can we shoot at four?" ..(on a FRIDAY!)
ME: "sure no problem I'll get someone to cover the first few hours of service"
I put the pig back into the fridge and re-set up at four. At 5, the same phone call.
--8 o'clock? sure, I can just have a cook cover service, who cares if he has plans tonight.
Bob: "we better shoot for tomorrow"
...And so goes the ENTIRE weekend!
On Monday morning my heart sank as I heaved a 220 lb pig into the dumpster, -in and out of the fridge 6 times, it had spoiled over Sunday night. I totally screwed up two of my cooks weekends covering for the shifts I normally do, and the dinner specials that weekend, having no direction, kinda sucked.
I shirked my responsibilities as Chef for what I thought would be a quick spot in the limelight, I felt my cooks loose a little respect for me that weekend, and it took a little while to "right the ship".
A well placed "NO" could of saved the whole weekend. -But I was being selfish.
-The best lessons are learned hard.
nel maiale, tutto e buono!