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Just wanted to share with a group of my peers some good news.  I have recently been hired and will start work as a Sous Chef at one of the local universities in Houston.  It is my first sous chef position.  I am really excited but also quite a bit nervous.  Any advice or tips from the more experienced of you out there would be appreciated.

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Don't drink with your crew. Don't play favorites. Take everyone seriously but don't get involved in drama.
Listen to people but make the final call
The biggest difference between cooking and managing is being responsible for other people's actions instead of just your own. Know everyone's job; know how your cooks do things instead of assuming they are doing things a certain way. Cooks love having a manager that jumps in and helps clean but don't let them lean on you.
You're gonna do great! Good luck!
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...and I would add... Lead by example. Somebody is always watching. The one time you toss a half onion in the trash because you don't want to put it away properly, somebody will see that as a sign to waste produce. Don't step over trash; pick up that little scrap of paper, that lone leaf of lettuce. Let them see you taste and correct and correct. Share! Teach! Be enthusiastic... it's contagious. Work harder and smarter than everybody else. Praise in public. Scold in private. Celebrate accomplishments. Make family/staff meal for no particular reason. Talk about dining experiences. Walk the walk. Have fun. Be serious. Know the balance. You'll do great. Keep us posted!

Invention, my dear friends, is ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple

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Invention, my dear friends, is ninety-three percent perspiration, six percent electricity, four percent evaporation, and two percent butterscotch ripple

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...and I would add... Lead by example. Somebody is always watching. The one time you toss a half onion in the trash because you don't want to put it away properly, somebody will see that as a sign to waste produce. Don't step over trash; pick up that little scrap of paper, that lone leaf of lettuce. Let them see you taste and correct and correct. Share! Teach! Be enthusiastic... it's contagious. Work harder and smarter than everybody else. Praise in public. Scold in private. Celebrate accomplishments. Make family/staff meal for no particular reason. Talk about dining experiences. Walk the walk. Have fun. Be serious. Know the balance. You'll do great. Keep us posted!

:thumb: Well said. 

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