Hi, I'm starting a new job in a few days that has me very nervous and I'm hoping I can get some advise on how to be prepared.
This won't actually be my first time in a kitchen, I went to culinary school for pastry, did an internship, and worked another job for a few weeks where I got fired because of a background check (I didn't lie to them, they never asked and I didn't know it would be an issue). Thing is, I've been hired as a pastry chef at high-end casual restaurant when all my experience has been in bakeries, which is a very different pace. I'm confident I have the skill to do everything, but I'm nervous for a few reasons:
1. I'll be the only person with a pastry background there, where before I've always had someone around who could kind of mentor me.
2. I've never been in a restaurant kitchen during service, or before for that matter, so I'm not familiar with what goes on, when specific things need to get done, and what will be expected on the pastry side.
3. I got the job because I personally know the chef, which adds some pressure. I don't feel to bad about getting a job this way, since I know he was looking for a pastry person anyway and wanted to hire me while I was in school, but the prospect of proving myself in front of someone who I know and who has high expectations is honestly scary.
I'm so happy to have this job, but starting any new job is nerve racking and I'm kind of being thrown into the water here. Any advice on how to swim/ what to expect would be very helpful!