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HE'S GONE!!!!  That lazy lima bean of a cook stormed out yesterday and said, "I quit!"  Totally erratic behavior.  I walked in yesterday morning and, again, nothing is ready to go to the memory care floor, but he and that "on-the-fence" chef are chit chatting about "how good you're getting" and "you really improved", I'm paying you a compliment.  He never apologize for cursing at me and thowing a whisk against a cabinet before storming off the last time.  I told him his compliment seemed like an insult to me, considering I've always completed every task chef has given me and even taken on more, without having to be asked like HIS JOB.  My only improvement is that I'm not afraid anymore and I've picked up speed.

 

Anyway, he became offended and said I'm trying to pay you compliment and I still said I didnt' get it to please explain and he got so angry, he threw his hot towel on the line and said "Fine!  How about this, I quit!"  

 

I worked the line last night solo and didn't need anyone's help.  I am officially one of the new line cooks.  Our kitchen is in harmony now.

 

(Oh, I had to go to HR to complain and the chef came back from HR and said, "You're on the line, starting tonight").  Strange thing, the angry cook didn't complain about me at all, but complained about the newest cook, who was a sous chef before joining us, told him to replenish the salmon and steaks and prep the line for dinner, since we were always prepping for him.  He did the prep, but on his way out, stopped into HR to complain that the new guy is telling him what to do.

 

Silly, if you ask me and I'm so glad he's gone.  I sure hope he doesn't weasel his way back in.

 

Thanks everyone!!!

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Originally Posted by Etherial View Post
 

HE'S GONE!!!!  That lazy lima bean of a cook stormed out yesterday and said, "I quit!" 

 

Hey wait a minute. Your statement is not exactly fair to lima beans now is it?

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post #33 of 37
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What are you talking about, unfair? The guy never replenished the line, neglected the seniors in the memory care floor, worked dirty, mood swings toward the chef.
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It was supposed to be humorous.

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post #35 of 37
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Sorry. I love sarcasm, I was too busy jumping for joy! Thanks, I got it now. Some nerve I have , huh?
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No problem, lima beans don't hold a grudge.

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Everything's calmed down.  I'm working the line, still prepping, and today received an apology from the chef for his chauvinism towards me in the kitchen and calling me "girl", when I'm almost 60 years old.  He claims it's because I look so young (not bragging; many people think this) and he said it was a "term of endearment".  I've only been there 2 months.  Really?  You care?  He was covering his butt, because I mentioned this to HR.  

 

Anyway, he said he is mentoring me to be an incredible chef at a fine restaurant some day.  He wants to hone my skill set and sees my passion for learning.  Whatever.  I told him that me and the other two cooks' goals are to establish a solid foundation and for once, get this new kitchen up and running.  He said he wants to teach all of us to order product, take inventory, and food costs automatically, even when he's not there.  I want to learn all I can, support my team, and perform my job better than I did the day before.  The walk-in is shaping up, but the freezer is a mess.  He let's the dishwasher date and put food away, which he almost never remembers where he puts the items after they freeze.  We have to put a stop to this, for sure.  It wastes time.  I'm just going to do it and the dry storage is a foray of boxes with dates.  He never takes anything out of the boxes they're shipped in.  The chef makes up this story about the state and elderly care.  That can't be true.  I'll research.

 

Lastly, he told me that the cook that quit in a temper tantrum, told HR that he was the cause of his quitting and that if they wanted him back, it would cost more money.  The chef carried this guy for months and even defended him to us, but the same guy he defended, wound up turning on him.  Said he was not a leader.  

 

Well, I have two great guys I really like working with and a chef who says he's now on my side.  I sure hope this works out and we finally form a solid team.  I'll stay, if that happens.

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