What happened to taking pride in your work?
I understand your frustrations. Much of the culinary world is full of experiences as those you're eluding to. It's hard to keep personal standards up when everyone else in the kitchen is performing in a substandard manner. It's also hard to deal with it on a daily basis without getting somewhat discouraged. Regardless of the situation I've always insisted on keeping my personal standards a priority. It sounds like your making a good decision on accellerating your learning because this is one way in which one eventually enters the upper brackets of the culinary culture. Once your prepartation meets the right opportunity you will experience the success you're looking for. Sounds like u have good head on your shoulders and are moving in the right direction. Good luck to you.
I think most fields are full of a mixture of people who like what they do and folks that just want a paycheck. It's frustrating, though.
Mmmh, as a restaurant you CAN do great food and make money. In fact, any successful restaurant is about making money from customers that love the food being served. Obviously, there are those owners that are only about milking their customers, but they won't last. They often won't even see the end of their first year in business. Then there are those owners who know their market and make the most of it. Then there are those owners who are merely idealistic, ignore the business side and eventually go belly up. These are your three options.
You're not telling us enough about your boss. Is he the restaurateur with the magic touch that sets up places that just work? You could be on to a good thing if you were willing to match your ambitions with a business-minded approach.
I don't know the Spotted Pig, but if you want to work for a top-notch restaurant rest assured that they will teach you how to make money!
I do understand your frustration, though. If you have any say in the kitchen you're working at, make sure you find people you enjoy working with. Easier said then done, but they are out there!