OK long story short: I was a sous who basically ran the whole kitchen (without the title of head chef) for a long time and suddenly switched jobs and got a line cooking gig at a French restaurant. I work the hardest station every night and picked up the in's and out's of this kitchen very quickly. Chef and I were talking about last night and he said I am the best addition he's hired since he's been there (7+ years).
Anyways, while the chef and sous are very happy with me the line cooks are not so much. I am not a cocky person and I'm very realistic in my opinion of myself but the line cooks around me are starting to get a little jealous I think. I work my station with ease despite it being the hardest station because I am used to working my own station plus baby sitting my line cooks around mend at my previous job as a sous, so when I only have to worry about my own station here it feels like a mini-vacation. I go over to other stations when I get a chance and help out on GM and fish and fry. The GM cook really appreciates it but the other two stations get offended when I help them out, so I stopped doing it until the head chef tells me directly to bail them and then of course I do it. I clean my station in minutes because I don't lollygag around and this pisses off the other cooks because they usually clock out a good 20+ minutes after me because they don't understand clean up time is not goof off time. I help out the dishwasher whenever I can and the other day he made a comment to the effect of' how come you guys never help me out but he does every night', that really got them ticked off because he is low-man on the totem pole and the other cooks really let him know it. I clean and organize the walk-in often and the other cooks get a hair up their @sses about this because the head chef constantly will talk to himself loud enough for the other chefs to hear and say 'I only see one person contributing to cleaning the walk-in'.
I went from being very liked by the other line cooks my first week to now I feel like they are a little jealous and intimidated. I am easy going and humble and I am very careful not to offend anyone. I feel like the more I do the more they can't stand it, some don't even talk to me anymore. What did I do?
I feel like I am doing my job with ease and taking on more tasks because I was used to the responsibility of running a kitchen for so long that when all I have to do is cook on the line it's feels too easy, it's not because I'm an spectacular line cook it's because I'm simply used to having to do much more night in night out.
Any advice for dealing with the once friendly line cooks who now don't want much to do with me? I didn't even get a hi or bye from one of them today.