Advice on DRUNK head chef....
First back story...So I am currently a culinary kid (yeah yeah i know but listen linda...) Iv worked in and around the industry for YEARS! I don't know it all but I know a lot. I work hard, i work fast and I work clean. I heard about an opening for a sous chef at a restaurant downtown and jumped on it! I did a Stage for 1 day and got the job. He told me he normally stages for 2 weeks but that i was a beast on the line and we had a good chemistry. I did play as if I was totally green, in an effort to have a chance to learn from this amazing chef. I know how annoying it is to have a know it all culinary kid. I got daily rave reviews from this guy. Texts telling me he just walked into the most pristine kitchen he's ever had in all his EC years. Best sous ever! yad yad.
WELL, Its the head chef and the GM who are EQUAL partner owners, but since day one they fight like cats and dogs. It all very uncomfortable but the staff and them tell me its just how they are.
Fast forward to today, its now been 2 weeks there. I left last night after dinner service and closing down the kitchen by myself (no biggie) while chef got S FACED and was duking it out with the GM. about an hour after i leave i get a text saying take the day off tomorrow, that i don't get until the AM....what? Tomorrow is brunch and one of our busiest services and Im the Lead chef that day...I tried to call him, no answer. So I called the restaurant and spoke to the GM who told be the other line cook who was supposed to work with me called out sick and she had noone else and that yes i was working. SO i went in. Ran the whole service by myself cleaned up to my usual pristine condition and got ready to leave, when i find a text from Chef saying i was fired for not following directions.
I WAS FIRED BC I CAME INTO WORK WHEN I WAS ASKED! What! i mean...WHAT!!!????
I feel like maybe I was a tool he used to put in GM in a bind. I LOVED this job, i NEEDED this job. I was an OUTSTANDING SOUS. But now its all down the drain. Do i want to work for a chef like that? idk Im lost, heartbroken, confused. What the hell is going on? And what do i do....yes yes besides suck it up and find another job.
Today he asked me to come in and "talk". Came in...he talked in circles i think he attemped to swallow some pride and admit he was wrong and whatever it was all cool. Got back on the line and started the night. He proceeds to get drunk again and leaves me ALONE balls deep in tickets. comes back attemps to play catch up but really just helps to screw up things more and yells....YELLS at GM for "NOT HAVING A TICKET"!!! the ticket was right there and blames her for screwing everything up and leaves again. I get everything done, plated and sent out and start preping to close up and he tells me to go home for the night. FINE! i was ready to leave 30min ago. IDK i can deal with alot of stuff but a constantly drunk chef...i need this job, idk if i good enough to go anywhere else but he say im great all the time. Hes a great chef but...always drunk.