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Difficulty Communicating and Cooking Filets

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Hi everyone two questions, one about difficulty communicating and cooking filets and burgers properly.

 

1.) Communicating

I have about 2 years experience in the kitchen as a prep cook and as a fry cook. Its been very tough and stressful for me, mostly because of a bad lisp and sometimes I stutter. I try very hard and want to be a chef but I've had a lot of difficulty getting through the first phases. I'm extremely embarrassed by the way I talk so a lot of times I end up not speaking up when I need to or don't ask a question when I don't understand something. Not to mention it gets worse when I'm busy behind the line. It really affects my job and shakes my confidence especially when cooks laugh or think I'm retarded or front of house people treat me like I don't exist. When I need to 86 something during a rush I'm too afraid to yell it out because it doesn't sound right and people laugh. Or when someone says how long on fries and I barely whisper it and the grill cook just buries his face in his hands and shakes his head. I'm far from stupid but my speech really affects my performance. I do well on the cooking part but not the communicating part. Does anyone have suggestions about how I could better communicate at work without embarrassing myself? I'm getting to the point of where I don't want to be there when people joke about me being 21 years old and never been on a date and new employees are "forewarned" before they try to talk to me. It really makes me feel terrible.

 

2.) Cooking filets and burgers

I'm learning grill on my own time off the clock and I'm decent at temping sirloins and tips but filets and burgers throw me off a little when temping correctly. I think the finger test works well on tips and sirloins but it just doesn't feel the same with filets and ground meat. Any tips on temping these two items correctly? I bought a cake tester but dont really know what sensation is what when I put it under my lower lip.

 

Thank you.

post #2 of 9

Can't you get some kind of speech therapy?

post #3 of 9
Hi there , I shall give you a sensible answer , rather than can you get speech therapy . May I ask if your impediment affects you when you are stressed or is it all the time ?
Cooking of Hamburgers , are they made from steak or standard ground beef ? Either way treat them as you would a normal steak , just try to remember how long it takes to cook steaks to their varying degrees of cooking and you should be ok .
J
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Hi there , I shall give you a sensible answer , rather than can you get speech therapy . May I ask if your impediment affects you when you are stressed or is it all the time ?
Cooking of Hamburgers , are they made from steak or standard ground beef ? Either way treat them as you would a normal steak , just try to remember how long it takes to cook steaks to their varying degrees of cooking and you should be ok .
J

 

I'm not sure what you're trying to say, but if the impediment affects to the point he says it does, then something needs to be done about it. I wasn't trying to be disrespectful to him, but living with something like that thats possibly curable, surely getting it cured should be the first option.

post #5 of 9
Speech therapy wouldn't hurt, but just be confident.

Try gently squeezing the sides of the filet instead of touching the top.

As far as burgers, it will come with practice. Make sure your burgers are a consistent thickness too.
post #6 of 9

if it is very hot  its to done  it should be warm to the touch. Ground meat non compressed will cook quicker then filet.

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if the cake tester is cold, its raw.  If it's like a cool kiss on a summer's night, it's MR.  if it's like a warm kiss on a winter's day, it's Med.  If it's like putting your lips on your coffee cup, its MW.  If you have to pull the tester off your lip, it's Well.

 

Also - look for blood - how much, what color, and smell.

post #8 of 9

Honestly its something i think you can overcome. A friend of mine now is a great example he also has a stutter and some problems but just work on your confidance let your skills speak for what you can do. he came in as the low guy and 3 years in he is the executive sous chef and the one yelling bongs most of the time. just work at it and work work work on your skills. maybe theres something you can do visually or a shorter answer? i dont know wish i could help more. 

post #9 of 9
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Thank you everyone. I should have clarified the speech impediment is due to a physical abnormality, can't be corrected with speech therapy.  I did it for years but it can only take a case like mine so far because it can't fix me physically. The stutter is purely mental, it comes out of embarrassment and nervousness because of my speech impediment. I try to keep my confidence up but it's hard when I've been there two years and with the exception of a couple people who have come and gone no one really even acknowledges I'm alive. Most aren't bad to me like the owners and the head chef and the managers, but they don't talk to me either. I try to show my skills as much as possible but I haven't acquired much as I'm pretty much low man on the totem pole.

 

As for cooking burgers I think I've got it down, filets are almost there with the touch test but the cake tester is more accurate IMHO. I seem to get chicken breasts dead on perfect without overcooking any of them for some reason.

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