I am the executive chef at the restaurant I work in. Until recently, we've had our desserts brought in from outside the restaurant(2 ladies make them in commercial space & deliver them to us.) The quality/creativity has declined over the last 6 months to the point where my owner asked me if I would try making a dessert. I made a simple bread pudding, which he and the staff really enjoyed. We put it on the menu and I've been making it for the last couple of months, with good feedback. A few weeks ago for a beer tasting dinner, I made a dessert that ran all week with the special menu. Everyone loved it, including the owner who said it was the best dessert he's ever had at either of his restaurants. It outsold all of our desserts 2:1 that week. He tells me to put it on the regular menu. He also wants me to make 1 other dessert, so that we are only bringing in 1 of our desserts. (We usually run 4 desserts)
Now here is my dilemma. Last week I asked him for a raise, stating that I'm working extra hours, extra responsibility(desserts) and making him more money. I broke down all of the desserts I'm making and they vary from 13%-23% food cost. The desserts we bring in are 39-50% cost. In addition, we had our busiest week ever, 2 weeks ago.
Yesterday, he told me that he didn't think it was the right time for a raise and that I would have to wait until the new year. But, my labor & food cost are fine. Also, he's taking my sous chef to his other restaurant 2 days a week & possibly promoting her to executive chef over there too. So I'm going to have to work even more.
Now I don't know what to do. I feel like I am doing a good job, he said I'm doing a good job, so what gives? I understand in a salaried position, you have to work more to fill in the gaps, but the financials have to make sense at some point, right? I feel like I'm doing a pastry chef's job too. I really do like working there, but after yesterday, my morale is pretty low.
I'd appreciate opinions/feedback on how to handle this situation. Thanks.