I've been in the food service industry for about 7 years now, and I'm still a line cook in the entry level position. I have about 5 years culinary experience, and 2 years front of house experience, and I'm currently in my third semester for Culinary Arts and Hotel & Restaurant Management. The restaurant I'm at now I've been at for 6 months. Before that, I was at a steakhouse for over a year.
I'd like to know what I can do to be bumped off of pantry and move up to saute or grill. I don't know what else I can do, I'm pretty sure I've done it all. I've showed them I can handle long work hours, I prep my station and other stations, I'm always the first to start cleaning up as soon as the rush is done, I've even asked to be bumped off the station because I'd like to learn saute or grill. I have saute and grill experience, but they still refuse to move me around. I've watched the saute guy and the grill guy be replaced by new employees at least twice already, but they have yet to put me in their spot and put someone in mine.
What am I doing wrong? I want the experience but I'm not getting it, should I leave? I like trying to stay at one place for at least a year, but I'm not where I can excel, even though I really know how to make an awesome dessert presentation. I've tried to think why I'm not moving from my spot when everyone else has, all the thoughts.... "It's because I'm a girl," "It's because my station is the hardest and no one else can do it (This is what they tell me, I call BS)," "They don't want me learning more cuz they have to pay me more," etc. etc. I've even thought the worse, "It's because I suck." This is my career on the line and I'm demanding answers but not getting them. I've point blank asked them why everyone else is hopping stations but not me, when I'm the only one asking to be moved.
Any advice is great!! Thanks!