I am in a strange place right now and just wanted to see if anyone could relate. I got my first cooking job in a really beautiful small restaurant about 5 months ago. The place is a long way from my home (about 50 minutes each way). I applied to the job and told the chef I had no experience in a kitchen, but was really passionate and driven to gain knowledge. He hired me, and told me that I would get a chance to improve but if I did not work fast enough I would have to be let go. Anyway, I learned quickly, and kept the job. This chef has taught me a lot, and we have a somewhat personal relationship now. Anyway, I get paid very little at this job, and spend at least ten dollars in gas going to and from work every day. This never bothered me, because I was passionate about working at this restaurant.
So, as I got more confident in my cooking and my knife skills I figured I would "stage" at some of the nicer restaurants around where I live, just to gain experience. I did it at a couple places and had a great time. I was never looking for another job, but just an opportunity to learn. Anyway, last weekend I staged at an amazing restaurant in my city and they said that they want to hire me. I would be making more money, and would be able to take the subway to work in a very small amount of time. I decided to take the job and now I have to break it to my current chef. I feel really bad because I almost feel disloyal in a way. This chef has taught me so much and really took a chance with hiring me in the first place. Now I will be leaving him after just a couple months........Is this wrong of me? Do you think he will understand my point of view?
This is just eating away at me. I guess I am worried about ruining a nice relationship that I had with someone who believed in me. Has anyone else ever been in a similar situation?