This is my last semester and the chef instructor I have is going through political changes in school, he gives us the answers for tests, criticizes the food and beverage manager, told us the beverage manager's salary, which was non of our business. He is angry because they are moving him to teach 1st or 2nd semester, so he now takes off whenever the mood strikes him which means I miss two classes per day for about 3 days because he is the only instructor for the 4th semester.
It is evidenced that he favors the non-black students, even though the school is predominately black. It seems that no matter how much effort I put in, or dishes I suggest for my final project (Beef Wellington), he shots it down and told me, "don't try and be Jacques Pepin or Julia Child, rolled up into one". I'm the only student in class that asks questions and really want to learn, while most come in with dirty filthy uniforms on or just don't show up at all. He considers my questions arguing with him. He teaches a lab and food cost class, but told us for the food cost class just to memorize the math formulas and that we don't need to understand how a problem works.
He treats me as if I just picked up a knife and decided I wanted to learn to cook. I am one of the oldest in the class (58 years old, female, African American) and was a professional legal assistant for 21 years prior to coming to school. I have cooked for over 40 years and have gotten As in most of my classes and Bs in the rest. I study, am on time for class, I do the work, and get along with everyone, except him. For some reason, he will give me a hard time, telling me that's what it's like in the "real world". When my turn came to be sous chef for 2 weeks, he did not encourage anyone to respect me. All I wanted was to show the students plating my dishes how I wanted the food presented. However, it's Mexican food week, and I asked the acting sous how she wanted her plate presented and after she told me, the chef turned to me and loudly stated that I should always obey the sous. I already know that, but he didn't enforce it when it was my turn to supervise.
Today, I walked out of class and complained to the department chair and she told me he is a lousy instructor and they are trying to terminate him, but it is hard because he has tenure. I told her everything that happened and that the reason I left was so I would not say anything incriminating. Instead of telling the student's to work their own stations, he allowed them to "help" me on the grill, again, I don't need any help and as he was directing another student with a burger, he turns to me and yells as if I am a novice cook, "this is how you learn to cook a burger." This guy asked another student (whose father knows my husband) what my husband does for a living and the student told him, and now every chance he gets, announces to the class that my husband is a lawyer. Why? My personal life is none of his or the school's business and I keep that separate from school.
Isn't it his job to teach me and not another student who doesn't even have nearly as much cooking experience as I do to teach me? Why is he treating me like this? It is my turn on the grill. He had the never to say to me, "you gotta push your way around on the grill". Why should I have to do that when it's my turn? I didn't bother anyone when it was their turn. It's the same people he allows to run the kitchen. They don't even know what a prime or sub-prime cut of meat is. I had to stop them from putting in dirty leeks in my stock. They didn't even know they had to split them to wash out the dirt. Really? C'mon now. I really envisioned making new friends, young or old who would want to cook with me and share recipes. Instead I got stuck with this instructor who is a bully.
I really am disappointed in this school. He does nothing when a student steals equipment and food and he knows who she is, but does nothing about it. They even found a stolen laptop in her locker. He lets the kids run the show and I am so upset that I am writing him a letter tonight at the advice of the chair and sending a copy to her and the dean.
All I wanted to do was excel at what I love, but this guy speaks loudly to me in front of everyone, tells me to go get things and then yells at me because I left the grill. Hell, he had 7 people up there trying to do my assignment. Ridiculous!
Edited by Etherial - 4/22/14 at 3:43pm