First off I'd like to say this forum is great, lots of great threads and great people!
Ive been reading on here for a good while now, however, this is my first post as I just registered to ventilate my self a little and tell you about my situation.
2 months back I got hired at a seafood restaurant (sort of upscale, about 45 seats) wich has only been open for about 4 months, besides the chef/owner Im the only one working in the kitchen as of now. The place is rapidly becoming more popular as there's no other seafood restaurant in the area and were now looking for another cook.
Ive been working crazy hours the past two months trying to take some workload off the owner since he obviously has a million other things to do, managing the new business.
He is happy with how I do things and keep giving me more responsibility, wich is great as I, age 25, never had this much input in a kitchen before.
Ok, this all sounds awesome but Im a bit overwhelmed by it all, and the fact that ive been working roughly 100 hours/week is leaving me somewhat phsyically drained and mushy in the brain. I havent been working alot with seafood prior to this so I'm learning tons of stuff daily, wich I assume adds to the mental exhaustion. I get paid less than where I worked before but If I stick out Im sure it will pay off somehow..
Now, the owner has asked me to come up with some dishes for the new spring menu, and I dont have any inspiration left.
Most of my fish repertuare has been "used up" as we do lunches aswell, and Im desperatly trying to come up with something
special, fun, edgy, for the a la carte and I feel Im a bit in over my head.
What do you do when you run out of ideas and inspiration? I dont have much time or money to go out and eat at other restaurants alot. And dont really have much time when Im at work either.
Maybe you guys would share some ideas with me? What would you love to see on the menu at your fishrestaurant?
Sorry for the rant. Thanks