Right now I'm just a line cook. While I have the most seniority in most of my shifts, and it's in another cooks best interests to listen to me, I'm nobody's boss and they don't, ultimately have to listen to me. So really, I'm not sure if I'm ready for any position of authority. But as a chef I never say "no" to new tasks or responsibilities. If something is required of me, i get it done with the best result I can do. If a catering client asks "can you make this?" the answer is always "Yes!" I am resourceful. I will do research, experimenting, and ultimately have an excellent product ready for ready for the given dead line.
There's an Italian restaurant near me that I'm informed is "desperate" for a new chef. One of those places that had "it's day" but is not expected to collapse under the weight of the failing economy at any moment. I'm interviewing for the position and I'm not sure if I want it even if I get it. I've eaten there before, and I was NOT the least impressed. I ordered capellini with mushrooms. What I got was pasta poorly drained and sitting in a puddle of water; tomato sauce lazily ladled over the top; and then some unsauteed, canned mushrooms just kind of plopped on top. Their "home made" meat ravioli was VERY bland. Their menu is exactly 50 items long. It's really an American grill that also serves pasta and pizza. And I don't know how seriously I can take an "Italian restaurant" that serves Chicken Tarriyaki and breaded chicken fingers. I won't sit here and talk like i've never worked in an italian restaurant that served breaded chicken aka Chicken Milanese, but don't you dare try to sell me bought-in, frozen pre-breaded chicken tenders or anything covered in Kikkoman brand sauces and try to charge me $10 for it! Even though I'm interviewing for a chef position, I get the idea that this is a place that does not allow their chef to make creative changes. Even if they did, we're talking about a community in decline. Their remaining clientele are the senior citizens who probably only come because of the specials or coupon offers. I'm not sure the community it belongs to would embrace change.
Anyone who knows me a little from my posts in the forums probably knows that my passion is really French cuisine. And though I have most of my restaurant experience working in Italian restaurants and pizzerias; it's due only because i took whatever job my inexperienced butt could get to make my bones in the industry. Maybe my attitude is poor, but I'd like more opinions.
Edited by pcieluck - 7/22/11 at 10:32pm