I'm puzzled by two of our male cooks. One graduated from culinary school a semester ahead of me and has worked in fine dining for 2 years. The other has worked in numerous establishments, but mainly retirement facilities. Both are nice guys, except the culinary school graduate wants to be executive chef NOW! He can't cook to save the world. Our chef may be leaving and has filled both their heads with visions of promotion.
We all work in a luxury senior facility. I have been there for 3 months and have improved 100% working on the line. The difference between me and all the cooks on the line is that I have 40 years of cooking experience and they have restaurant experience. My shortcoming was not having restaurant experience, however, my working on the line has improved greatly and can handle a rush. I also don't have visions of grandeur like they do. One is 28 and the other is 52. I'm content learning the ropes of restaurant structure and procedure. But, my two comrades think they are going to be promoted to sous chef and executive chef. What's strange is when I asked the 52 year old how much experience he has, he skirts around it by saying "lots". I leave it.
We just hired another cook and he's fast and kind and doesn't waste time chatting. I help him find things and explain how some recipes are put together. He is very fastidious, like me. We just do our jobs and help each other.
The puzzle I have is with the other two cooks. Both have only been there a little over 2 months and chef told them some cockamaine story that he's going to promote them to sous and executive chefs. Really? We do have a corporate chef whose in charge of all the facilities. The one who claims to have all of this experience decided since his promotion hasn't come right now to take 5 days off work; claiming illness. Well, his calling in affected my days off. I had to work to fill in the gaps for 7 days. He has no regard. When they both told me what chef relayed to them about promotions, I told them consider whose telling you this stuff. He is not the corporate chef/boss and I had to remind them that I had to complain to HR because this same chef was favoring the males and not giving me a chance to prove my skills and learn on the line. I also told them that when corporate promotes you, that's when you're promoted.
But I don't think neither one of them deserves or is ready for a promotion. Is it me? I mean I've been there longer than both of them and dare not look for a promotion any this year or next. A raise would be nice, but I'm still learning the ropes. Besides, shouldn't you be able to cook a proper meal before they consider that? One can't cook and the other cooks like a Hofbrau; not fine dining.
Even though it's a senior facility, it's a luxury one. These people spend big bucks and get whatever they want and they want it elegantly. We all get along and laugh, joke and have a good spirit in the kitchen. Work is fun. The thing is the residents are complaining about the young guys food and he admitted last night the he can't cook. Both cooks are complaining to me about what chef told them and are talking about quitting. So strange to me.
Please help me; I'm so baffled. Thanks.