Hello all, this is my first time using cheftalk and I found the website for one main reason. To rant about how much I hate my job. It is so much more complicated in that though.
I went to a culinary program through community college with the intentions of becoming a baker or cake decorator. I was into cooking, I had a job at a pizza place for two years, but not necessarily into it otherwise. Throughout college I worked at the pizza place and got a job for 6 months as the only line cook at a slow ass golf course lunch only place. Granted it did get busy a couple times were I coulda used another pair of hands but nothing like where I work now. I've been working here for about 3 years now. The place is three times smaller than the other job and five times busier.
There are only two cooks, one for stove top items and one with the rest of a small breakfast and lunch menu. There is an occasional time where a third person is making salads or getting your next ticket ready. I only line cook two days a week, when my boss is out of town or sick or on vacation. She is super nice and everyone else I work with all get along.
I am the manager when she isn't there. So anyways, the more I do this job, the more I hate it. And it is making me hate where I live, which has very little other opportunities for jobs which makes me hate my situation even more. But she is so awesome to work for and half of the time it isnt hell to work. She has told me that if I ever get an opportunity to bake that I should take it and run and she wouldn't have an issue but the only other jobs are lesser pay and no tips. I can barely afford my shabby lifestyle as it is.
Also, another thing I hate about this job is that it is open kitchen concept so people can see you making everything. I barista as well, and serve and bus so I deal with every aspect of the restaurant, which means double the stress. Stress from asshole customers who think their food appears out of thin air and we take no time or effort into preparing their meal. Did I mention somehow my boyfriend and our female roommate work their all on the same day on the busiest day of the week as well? So while I am sweating my ass off flipping eggs and pancakes trying to not let anyone see how much I hate this I have to pretend I am not dating and splitting rent with two of the people I am ass to ass with running down the line? I keep thinking to myself, this cannot be it for me.
I need to get out but I am afraid that line cooking for 2 years after college is going to hinder my chances to start baking because I have no working experience baking.. I just tried to apply at a cupcake shop/ catering company and they never called me back. Again, not many other opportunities.
I am in no way connected to where I live now, other than how beautiful, safe and lowly populated it is. But alas, it is a tiny town with low paying jobs but cheap rent to make up for it. I have never lived in a city but the bay area seems like the smartest place for me to go. And I am terrified of the thought of living in such a giant busy place. So do I move to the more expensive places for more money or work my way up somewhere small, which doesn't seemed like a promising idea. I am 24, I feel very behind in life because I got sucked into line cooking because the jobs were more available.
If anyone read all the way through this, that must mean something. My rant is complete.