i need help
The chef is always going to razz you. I'm going to assume you're working in a French or Italian restaurant.. You're going to have to deal with it , my friend, and it's going to improve your resume. No matter what happens, no matter what he says, stand your ground. Make it so you already know what he's going to say. Perfect yourself. That's how you make him your b****.
Also, try and look at the positives. It WILL make you a stronger cook in the long run.
Any and every time you get yelled at ask for him/her to show you how to do it the 'correct' way.
Take note and then do it that way.
If they are honest - you will learn, if they are being ass-hats then you will know for sure.
(edit to add - and for goodness sakes don't ask the same question more than once!)
Edited by MichaelGA - 5/12/12 at 9:19pm
The last poster gave some really good advice. Learn and keep your dignity. It can be done.
I've been a chef for 15 years and I can count on one hand the times I've yelled at a staff member. But, all chefs are different. Some keep order by screaming and yelling, others (like me) take a different approach. Try to understand the WHY. If you are making mistakes than focus on that not on his rude tone.
And another thing.
Remember that the chefs reputation gets served with every plate. That smudge on the right-hand corner of the plate, that over charred green bean, or running sauce, says some about the CHEF, not the line cook, not the bartender, NOT the owner of the restaurant. Doesn't make him right for yelling but try to understand where he's coming from.
Hope this helps. Keep your head up and your knives sharp.
The GOOD news is that if 'we' are yelling at you, we are noticing you and expecting more based on the abilities we guess (or have seen) that you have.
(although I personally don't believe in belittling as it's counterproductive)
It's when we stop yelling is when you have to watch out, at that point in our minds we haven't seen a glimmer of talent. I can almost guarantee that if that happens, you will never get past peeling carrots or potatoes and maybe juicing lemons if you can be trusted to not have seeds in it. ;)