I'm starting work as a sorority dinner chef for a big house on the campus. I'm scared to death, but couldn't really pass it up since this is my first cooking job since I've graduated culinary school. I was hired right out of college to be a clinical dietary manager at the company that I was doing my internship with. In this economy you just don't say no to a good job offer even if it's not exactly what you want. Well the company laid me off due to low census and replaced me with the more senior dietary manager from a building that had closed. So here I am getting ready to get back in the kitchen again after three months of paper pushing.
I was chosen out of a large amount of applicants. I'm 46 and graduated the top of my class in culinary school and have my CC with the ACF. I'm pretty confident in the kitchen, but this is what I'm up against.
1. The old cook has been there forever and is not allowed to talk to the girls anymore and I'm being asked to keep the communication minimal. They have a sliding window for the chef to serve from the kitchen and the board wants it closed when they are putting food on the steam table.
2. There is no cooking with alcohol allowed there and no cooking with peanut products of any kind.
3. There is no dating or labeling going on what so ever in the walk in or dry storage. That immediately got me nervous, but not something that can't be remedied once I get a foot hold on the kitchen.
4. I've been given the better dinner shift because of my education and credentials. I was told that this old cook wanted this position, but the house manager does not want to give it to her, because she is not all that creative in the kitchen and actually hates to cook. I'm not sure what to make of this situation and I don't want to get caught between anything.
5. I've been told that the girls have complained a lot about the food not being healthy and the board has charged the house manager to go in line with what the girls want. How is that going to get done without me asking what they want. Some girl's idea of what's healthy may be another girl's worst nightmare. I think it may be a matter of education, especially if a girl is seen eating all the contents out of a corn tortilla because she fears it may have gluten in it, when it's obvious on the package there are no wheat products in it at all and says gluten free on the label O.o
6. The menus are simple and need help. They never use recipes in there and I'm use to coming well prepared.
Any words of wisdom regarding this situation would be greatly appreciated. I'm not sure what I'm up against, but it sounds like I'm walking into a bit of a touchy situation and I want to come out on top for once in my life.
Edited by KKG Chef - 10/7/11 at 11:45pm