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post #1 of 3
Thread Starter 
Hey all,
What's your opinions on long hours (14-16)?

Personally I think if its my business, or a kitchen I really enjoyed, I wouldn't hesitate to work that long.

I wonder wether the generally accepted idea is that chefs just do... All the greats of the culinary world did, and some still do, work really long days.

So what do you think?

J
post #2 of 3

I entered the industry after having experience in hospatility ( 16 long arse months in a hotel ). 

 

I knew i would work long hours , standing up , in a hot kitchen , with annoying people, well thats what your first impression is. 

 

I actually didnt mind , i started out working with great people , and we really had a connection , sure i get bonkers during service but its fine with me. Of course though my last job required us to work 10 - 16 hours some days (would only get paid for 8) , but it did result in me gaining speed , and more experience. 

 

In the end i think people think a chefs or a cooks life is what they see on the food network , now the people who actually have a connection with this industry and research and discuss about th topic openly know its tough , and that working a 9-5 job isnt something you will get so easily. 

 

Also its kinda like you stated great chefs have worked long hours , their pupils worked long hours , my idea was that if one day i wanted to look in the mirror and say " hell i worked my arse off , but it was so worth it " , its what keeps me going and reminds me that i do have passion , and drive along with talent to stay and advance in this industry. 

 

Besides the long hours fly , especially when the dinning room is filled and you have enough tickets to keep you busy all night. 

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 #3 of 3
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Exactly my thinking. Its not as bad as it sounds once you're used to it. When I tell casual employees how long I work their jaw drops. smile.gif One even asked me if it was legal. LOL Where are you currently working, if I may ask?
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