I havent yet worked in a kitchen where you are so close together your elbows bump however, when the Chef would show me how to do something in the beginning of my working career, when he was done, I would flip the station. Also, I hate using portion scoops. The lever that sticks out, meant for the right thumb is what drags in whatever you are scooping, getting the handle dirty. It really annoyed the pastry chef I worked for so much she asked me to learn to use my right hand for that function. IO'm still online looking to see if anyone has a left-handed chef tool biz. I plan to start one within 2 years if I cant find one.
Ooooo! Also difficult is plating assemblyline style. The person to your left will give the plate a shove to you and your left and is usually what you are using to serve your part of the plate so then u have to pull the plate over to the person to your right or have them grab it. I never realized why many of my fellow culinary students were annoyed with me when I was in a plating line. the best or only thing to do is be first in the line...or the expediter.