I have been struggling with this for a few months. I have been working at this restaurant with another chef since Nov. of last year. She is a riddle wrapped in an enigma. She has been working as a chef in the restaurant for about a year, however she says that she is not a chef. There is literally NOTHING on the menu that she likes or will eat. All but 1 kind of cheese we carry in the cheese cases she hates. She had derogatory names for all of them, I just pray she never said them in front of customers. (One she called "Stinky goat pee".)
I was brought in by the new owner to fill in and to help out with the menu. I (along with the owner) made some changes to the menu, adding some things, taking some things off, etc. She never missed an opportunity to tell me how much she didn't like any of the new dishes, even going so far as to telling me (in front of a customer) that my french onion soup was "disgusting". The owner had asked me to try making some new things (candies, tartlets etc.) for the store (even tho my background is not in pastry/confection) and frankly they have been hugely popular. She had asked this other chef before to and she refused.
I guess my question is, how (or why) would one be a chef when there are so many things that you hate about food?
It's not like you get into this business for the money or the flexible work hours.
Personally, I am a chef because I love food, I love cooking and feeding people. I love working at the cheese counter, educating people on cheese, seeing their faces when they taste a cheese they thought they'd hate and love it. Or pair a cheese with something like honey and the realize how it can completely change the taste. I know I probably sound cheesey, and I'd love to be able to say that I am fresh out of culinary school, but I am in my mid/late 30's and I have been working in the industry off and on since I was 16.
btw, my boss told me today that she (the other chef) gave her 2 week notice yesterday, then threw a fit when my boss didn't beg her to stay. So next week should be interesting. My boss is un-sure if she even wants her to come back at all given how she acted.