long time lurker, first time poster.
First I want to give you a little background on what is going on so I can hopefully get some advice from you guys.
Im 22 and Ive been cooking professionally for 4 years. I currently have a lead line cook position at a hotel restaurant where this is no sous chef, so Im essentially the Chef's right hand man.
Chef has put in his notice and is leaving soon. This has brought more responsibilities onto me already ie: going from ordering just produce to everything we stock, taking over our PM banquets, and just working more in general.
There is no chef taking over the position when Chef leaves (monday, they are looking but having a "hard time"). I've had a talk to with RM and they wanted to know that im comfortable ordering everything and to tell me that they're happy that Ive been able to step up and take the reigns somewhat.
Whether this is temporary or not, I will be running the kitchen and I feel I should take a very significant compensation increase to match my new set of responsibilities. I currently make 14.50 an hour which comes out to be about 25k a year take home. I want to ask for 18 an hour or 35k a year (they would be very close at the end of the year). Do you think that is an adequate figure? Also, I want either a 60 or 90 day review to show how I've turned the state of the kitchen around totally (dirty kitchen, below par staff, always an 86 list). Good idea or no?
My selling points would be that Im young, hungry for this opportunity, have 4 years of experience, and have already been working in that kitchen for 8 months. I know I can do this. Any advice on moving forward?