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I work in a "high end" Italian place in Providence, RI that has been there for almost forty years.  This place is losing money left and right, we serve 80s style food that can't compete with the places around, we have 3 cooks, another restaurant to make pasta for, and a food truck, no prep cooks, and the three of us do prep well into service.  About a month ago the sous chef was fired and the exec chef who is there 3 days a week, has delegated to me all of the sous jobs and responsibilities without the title or pay raise, leaving me to run the kitchen for him.  My cooks are at wits end and the owner/chef won't listen, what do I do, I can't just quit because I need the money.

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What you need to do is look for a job while still working.  It can be done, it's not easy to do, but it can be done. I did it while working 80 hr weeks with my day off given to me at a day's notice---every week.

 

Sorry to say, but you should have smelt this one coming, never hurts to float a few resumes out there even if things are O.K. for the moment.

 

When the time comes to quit, be nice.  Give them the normal 2 weeks, and smile at the Boss and ask him if he would really respect you if you took on the work of 3 guys and not ask for a pay increase.

 

Hope this helps....

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post #3 of 7

Seems its like you're in a position where you have no say.  I guess it all comes down to being happy vs getting paid, which one is worth more to you.

post #4 of 7

OK, maybe this will seem like a**hole advice and it might get you fired so take it with a grain of salt. I was in this same situation twice. I was doing the job of a sous chef or KM and getting paid a pittance. The same pittance that idiot coworkers who did 1/4 of the work I did got paid. Both times I told them "I wanted a fat raise and a title or I'd quit immediately!" and both times I was told "Well, if you were anybody else I'd let you quit. But, I need YOU!" So, obviously I took a gamble but I knew I was worth it.

 

You know, after I typed this out I realized both of these places were making money and yours isn't. So, I guess maybe it's more of a risky bet for you. :-/ 

post #5 of 7

Well today i just quit a new job ( i had started 3 days ago ) , i was working my ass off doing 300 covers a night with employees leaving an flaking left and right. Monday they scheduled for me to do 300 covers alone <_<.... 

 

Earning alot less then what i got working as a line cook at my other restaurant which closed till december <_<

 

So what did i do , easy , I QUIT . I didnt need the money , i was going more the oppurtunity but at the end it really wasnt worth it.

I can work 12 - 14 hours days , and be happy , but at this place i felt so dead inside i realized it wasnt worth it. Went completely against my entire cooking philosophy <_< if the health inspector had made a surprise visit we would have closed down faster then Gusteaus restaurant from Ratatouille XD .

 

All in all im happy with the choice i made , obviously i risked myself , but if i was in need of money , i honestly wouldnt quit till i had a new job or a gig to do.  

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post #6 of 7
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Thanks for the advice, I've been putting out resumes on my half day off a week, I have to get outta that place.  And I'm absolutely disgusted with the owner, who just left for Jamaica leaving us with one out of 5 ovens working...smh

post #7 of 7

Hey if you need at least 2 working ovens, now is the time to raise a little hell...umm, excuse me, "assert yourself". Get them fixed, either call up an equipment repair guy, or get whoever is in charge (?) to do it.    You're the only guy in the kitchen who is charge, doubt if anyone else wants to put on an apron, or even stand in the kitchen             It would be a crying shame if you could get a job in the next week or so, two weeks notice is two weeks notice, even if the owner is in Jamaica.....

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