Where I'm working right now, it seems the longer time goes by, and the better I get at my job, the less cooking I actually do. To a degree, I understand this. There are things that need to get done, and I do precisely that, get it done. On the other hand, I spend a lot of time wondering why I'm helping people do this that I could do myself. I don't want to sound arrogant or pretenteous, but I'm one of the few people (if not the only) in that business who can be informed "You have at least 20 people about to order." and I'll handle it alone with little stress. Saturday night I'm watching from a slower fish station (where my manager has me training a new guy) as another cook gets annihilated on the grill, struggling to keep up even another person assisting him and another fishing all of his plates. Meanwhile our prep work is diminishing, and I the idea occurs to me that I could be running that grill station alone, any one of those three could manage the station I'm working, and one or two of them could be producing prep work. But that's where I stand; training and babysitting. Always training the new guy to cook so he can be the guy doing it most of the time instead of me, and then get stuck helping that person later because, even though I've given them all my knowledge and tricks, they can't perform like I do.
Some people will try and tell me that it sounds like I'm moving up in the world, starting to manage people, and have responsibility. But the fact is I have no authority, I'm not the most well compensated cook in the kitchen, and I'm not even the first choice from a promotion. But anyway, I'm not to sure what to think of all this, I'm trying to keep a good attitude but it's difficult.