Hey, this is my first post here but I've always enjoyed reading the forums!
I'm currently working saute station 2-3 days and broiler station the other 2-3 days at a pretty low volume (100 on a busy night) upscale restaurant. Now, I'm preparing to move to the city and I am putting in my application at the best restaurants in town. I've been a line cook for the past 4 years now and I've been working in the restaurant business for 7 years.
Anyway, when I spoke with the chef at one of the best restaurants in Sacramento, he had mentioned that I could possibly stage there. I know I'm good enough to work there, and it would be a dream come true for me to work along side cooks that will blow me out of the water. I'm in it to learn and to progress in my career. I'm totally okay with working for free but the thing that has me worried is how long will I have to do that?
As I line cook, I obviously am broke as hell and barely scraping by as is. How can I possibly support myself if I'm working for free? Do stages normally only last a day or two? Or should I focus on finding a job that will support me financially and try to stage in my free time?
Any advice is greatly appreciated!