Hello everyone. My name is Alex I am a 21 year old who loves to cook. I had a rough time in school so I just Graduated high school in 2013. I started in the restaurant business when i was 16 when I stopped doing construction jobs with my dad. I got a job at a local hardees and i started by working up front. The whole time i was up there i couldn't help by going into the kitchen to see whats going on. I saw the biscuit man working dough and I thought it looked really cool. After that i started asking my manager to put me back there and she refused because I had no experience and i was only 16. So I continued working up front and every chance i would get I would go into the kitchen. After another month of me begging she finally let me work in the kitchen. It was a slow afternoon and I made a few burgers and I really liked it. She then started scheduling me as a cook all the time and I started working busy shifts. It was hard at first but I always felt a sense of accomplishment by the end of the day because I got better at it. The gm really liked me, but the assistant manager hated me because the gm started to like me. I completely took over the kitchen and I wouldn't let the assistant manager back there to "help" because she would just get in my way. We would always but heads and she would try to find bs ways to write me up so i ended up leaving. I got a job at Denny's literally 2 days later. The kitchen was a big step up from Hardees. I then learned a whole lot more in just the first couple weeks. I started as the pancake and sandwich guy and finished that station in a week. I moved to the pit where I cooked steaks, skillets, burgers and I loved it. After another month i started cooking eggs and had a rough start. I couldn't flip them without breaking the yolks, but I soon mastered that too. Next the head cook before me started training me to take his position since he was becoming a manager. I started running the wheel and I was too quiet and shy, but I soon got broken of that just by doing it every day. Now I run the kitchen on the busiest days being loud and proud. The general manager then started having me manage the overnight shifts. At around midnight I send the cook home and run the restaurant with one server. Sometimes ill get a big bar crowd at 2 am and cook and help the server run food and drinks. I love my job though and I love learning and progressing every day.
Aloha, Welcome to Chef Talk Alex.
Wow, what a journey you've been on, thanks so much for sharing that with everyone.
I hope that you will impart some of your knowledge in the Culinary Student forums, I’d be willing to beat that you have a lot to offer those kids.
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Once again, welcome!