Some of you may recall that I took a new job a few months ago. As always there's a honeymoon phase; all the bad apples can keep their shit together for a while, but after a month or two people's true colors always come through. So today I fired my Sous. He's young and shockingly immature, and just not a leader. I'd sat him down several times and made my expectations clear and let him know that I only needed him around if he made my job easier, not harder. It's hard to row a boat when not everyone is rowing together. He had a lot of people that didn't want to be scheduled with him but of course a couple buddies, so one cook walked out with him. The line cook that quit was a pretty good guy but I'm glad his true nature showed itself sooner as opposed to later.
Still, I feel much lighter. At some point it's a good feeling to prune all the dead wood so the rest of the tree can flourish. I've got a couple tough weeks ahead me while I get staffed up again but every challenge is also an opportunity. In this case an opportunity to get the right people in the kitchen and a staff that will fully buy in to what I'm trying to do.
I think I will have my new Sous hired tomorrow. These things don't appear out of nowhere and I knew given enough rope the guy would eventually hang himself.