I work for a major UK pub restaurant chain with almost 1000 sites.
At my site we can serve up to 300 guests per day. The aim is to have their food within 10 minutes of them ordering. So when they order a mixed grill, the steaks go on the salamander grill and the sausages get 60 seconds in the microwave to cook then under the grill to brown.
I personally was appalled when I first saw this. A young chef who recently started didn't like this method of cookery too and instead of microwaving put them in the combination oven for 60 seconds instead which barely cooked the sausages. The 23 year old head chef went mental for slowing down the service.
I don't like it but do as others do. Is microwave cooking prevalent in many other fast food type of restaurants?
I have been cooking for over 20 years and it's taken me a few months to get used to this style cookery.