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post #1 of 29
Thread Starter 
I know this sounds like a no brained but yesterday I got this nasty cold and it's continued into today and probably into tomorrow. I can't really call off as this is my first week at the new place.

Can anyone offer any remedies that can help get me through a shift? Or even tips would work as well. I don't want to call off and I don't want to get folks sick.
post #2 of 29

Strict interpretation of the Food Code says DON'T WORK!

 

Call your Chef and discuss the situation. IT IS NOT YOUR CALL WHETHER TO WORK OR NOT, it is your Chef's call!
 

Chef,
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post #3 of 29
Thread Starter 
My thought was to let them make that judgment call as well. Just a really bad time to get a cold lol.
post #4 of 29

Pop some DayQuil, work your shift, drink lots of water and get some sleep.

post #5 of 29

Go to the pharmacy counter and buy sudafed.  Generic works fine.

post #6 of 29
Thread Starter 
Oh excellent. I'm on a couple of lovely items, airborne, cold eeze, and DayQuil. I'm not fooling around here. :-)
post #7 of 29

Cold-eze works great, but all that zinc messes with your palette pretty hard, which is the only reason I stay away from it.

post #8 of 29
Thread Starter 
Fortunately for me in my position I don't have to taste any of the items. The flavors are pre defined.
post #9 of 29

Whatever you do don't get the stuff you spray up your nose.  I lost my sense of smell for a day with that stuff.

post #10 of 29

In what place are you not tasting and flavors are "pre determined"?

post #11 of 29
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Fortunately for me in my position I don't have to taste any of the items. The flavors are pre defined.

Does that mean all reheated premade stuff?

post #12 of 29

I'm with Pete.  If you're sneezing, have watery eyes, or a runny nose, do you REALLY want to be cooking other people's food?

post #13 of 29

if you have anything that is communicable , GO or Stay Home.

Chef EdB
Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
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Over 50 years in food service business 35 as Ex Chef. Specializing in Volume upscale Catering both on and off premise .(former Exec. Chef in the largest on premise caterer in US  with 17 Million Dollars per year annual volume). 
      Well versed in all facets of Continental Cuisine...

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post #14 of 29

Let the Chef decide.

 

DayQuil usually does the trick.

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post #15 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thanks for all the advice. I beat the cold before work. There's a prep crew in the kitchen that preps everything we cook.
post #16 of 29
There's a prep crew? That's your excuse? It's fine if the prep crew says it's fine? Really sounds like somewhere I'd want to eat. Taste everything! Trust nobody to put your name on something they did.
post #17 of 29

Harden Up Princess - stuff some Cold & Flu Drugs into ya and go to work .

 

 

You've got a prep crew - mate sorry you're not a Chef - you're just a donkey who can cook 

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Edited by Chef Bilby - 7/30/13 at 10:59pm

My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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post #18 of 29

Prep crew..... and you trust everyone in the kitchen enough to put you name on that dish <_<

 

Quote> Believe , Disbelieving 

Dont trust someone in the kitchen especially when you are doing the end result. Because if something happends you will take the fall...

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Dr.Seuss

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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Dr.Seuss

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post #19 of 29
Thread Starter 
Thank you for your advice. I will be more aware of the final product. Thanks for your honesty.
post #20 of 29
C'mon, you guys, give the guy a break. It sucks when you're sick, and I doubt any of us can honestly say we've never gone in while probably contagious.
post #21 of 29
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C'mon, you guys, give the guy a break. It sucks when you're sick, and I doubt any of us can honestly say we've never gone in while probably contagious.

 

or called off your shift when struck down by a raging case of the Corona flu  wink.gif

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post #22 of 29
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or called off your shift when struck down by a raging case of the Corona flu  wink.gif

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mimi

Wine Flu or Grogitias !!

My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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My posts are different , I speak in cm , Celsius , kilo's and call stuff weird names like Glad Wrap , Bicarb , Capsicum & Gravox . Might take you a little while to get my lingo but we're basically speaking the same language 

 

http://sneakykitchen.com/Glossary/translations.htm

 

Good onya...

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post #23 of 29
I would rather have someone call out and not get everyone else sick. I hate the a-hole chefs who make people come in no matter what with their germ hands and sneezing and coughing all over my prep.
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post #24 of 29
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I would rather have someone call out and not get everyone else sick. I hate the a-hole chefs who make people come in no matter what with their germ hands and sneezing and coughing all over my prep.

Ok, then maybe ALL chefs should make sure their cooks have healthcare coverage and are allowed to accrue paid sick days. But they don't.
post #25 of 29

Haha , i been working with major back pain for the past 5 days ( and i dont even know how i got it ) XD 

But i usually dont call in sick unless im on the verge of death or my chef tells me to go home. In both cases i still agree with mayhem ont he health coverage...

Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

Dr.Seuss

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Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.

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post #26 of 29
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Ok, then maybe ALL chefs should make sure their cooks have healthcare coverage and are allowed to accrue paid sick days. But they don't.

All my staff has health care, paid sick days, paid vacation, and paid parental leave and paid care of sick child leave. Mandatory here.

In the states my staff had paid bc/bs, dental, paid vacation and paid sick days as well as life and disability insurance. In addition to treating my staff like humans/family. I never had a problem getting good staff, you get what you give.
post #27 of 29
Thread Starter 
Here's an update, I toughened up and push through. Thanks for everyone's advice. I'm fortunate to have medical coverage soon at work. I know not everyone has the same benefits and I know it sucks.
post #28 of 29
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All my staff has health care, paid sick days, paid vacation, and paid parental leave and paid care of sick child leave. Mandatory here.

In the states my staff had paid bc/bs, dental, paid vacation and paid sick days as well as life and disability insurance. In addition to treating my staff like humans/family. I never had a problem getting good staff, you get what you give.

Um. Do you need a saucier? smile.gif That's wonderful, and a great example to set.
post #29 of 29
Not at the moment, but you never know, im planning my next venture for next fall. Any desire to move to Sweden?
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