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How to handle chefs who panic?

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I was working with this guy at work today. He's not a full blown panicer but he does get get stressed quick and he rushes and so makes mistakes. It puts me of and makes me loose my focus when I am around nervous chefs.

Also he is trying to rush me but I think it is better to take a few seconds longer and get it right first time.

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The kitchen is controlled chaos during busy times. What happens when you take away the controlled part??? it's up to the chef to show confidence and control during a busy time. 

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I honestly think that someone who can´t stay cool, and maintain focus and control in the kitchen shouldn´t be in one. The old saying goes, "if you can´t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen".

 

Of course if it´s your first time in the rodeo, its understanable, but someone with some experience shouldn´t lose control so easily. People that can´t keep their calm, stay in control and do the job are dangerous in the kitchen. They make stupid mistakes, sometimes to a dish, but sometimes they get a hot pan and put it on top of the cold ones, they forget to communicate and just shut down, and in a kitchen when someone doesnt communicate something, they may just be putting someones health at risk. 


Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 3/18/16 at 3:15pm

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I honestly think that someone who can´t stay cool, and maintain focus and control in the kitchen shouldn´t be in one. The old saying goes, "if you can´t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen"

 

Well, I do get nervous, and i am seriously concerned about it. I try not to, but I do. I am very new to line cooking, so I guess it is to a certain degree understandable, but I really won't to overcome it. It is just when I am in the weeds, and it's crazy busy, I get this blank mind so to speak. It doesn't help that I am fully aware how bad it is for other cooks. I love the job, though. For now I just try to say to myself what my hispanic fellow cooks say - tranquillo. Like a mantra. seems to help some. Maybe because when I say it I can see in my minds eye some of the best of them with their professional, smooth moves:). Ah... hope it will get better

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It's really a matter of how your body deals with a jolt of adrenaline produced by your system when in a stressful situation.  It can be mitigated to some extent by recognition and relaxation techniques.  Athletes refer to the ability to slow the game down.  

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It's really a matter of how your body deals with a jolt of adrenaline produced by your system when in a stressful situation.  It can be mitigated to some extent by recognition and relaxation techniques.  Athletes refer to the ability to slow the game down.  

 

Oh today i went through something like this. 

I was line cooking and out of nowhere during the lunch rush at around 1pm we got swamped with tickets. A bunch of tickets. I was on cold apps, hot apps, helping out on sautee and helping out the chef all at once. Making juice too and helping with some minor plating. 

 

Sh*t got so crazy i literally blanked out for 30 minutes or so. Of course i didn´t actually get in the weeds, i mean i literally got so into the rush i helped serve all the dishes, pushed out everything, and after the rush i didnt remember a thing. 

I didn´t remember how many plates i sent, let alone the exact orders correctly. 

 

I got all my temperatures down, all the orders out, all the people served but after it all happened i forgot... 

Almost as if that time lapse never occured and i was back to normal. I was mad funny and excilerating all at the same time. 

After service was over i started to remember some things but those 20 something orders just went by so fast i just remember fragements. After that rush we just had  nice controled service, everything normal and no more rush. :(

 

Sad too cuz i love the rush. The amazing feat of doing 10 things all at the same time, all done correctly and pushing out orders fast, without skipping a beat. Just amazing!!


Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 3/18/16 at 2:09pm

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post #7 of 9

Wow, it sounds like you training and experience just took over, and your brain just went on auto pilot so to speak. I'm not sure about the black out thing.  I don't mean to imply that I have any education or experience in medicine or biology, just a wife who is in biotech and this has come up a couple times when her science buddies start talking shop when I'm around.

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It's really a matter of how your body deals with a jolt of adrenaline produced by your system when in a stressful situation.  It can be mitigated to some extent by recognition and relaxation techniques.  Athletes refer to the ability to slow the game down.  

 

Like the movie Bagger Vance.....

The fisherman played a bit of BB (catcher) and he said this would happen to him.... tunnel vision to the pitcher and if there was a fast runner on 1st base he would extend his tunnel  laterally to the line between 1st and 2nd.

I would sometimes zone out during service.. totally focused on my well and backbar booze.

Could hear my waitress calls but from there it was total muscle memory.

What???

Last call???

Already???

 

mimi

post #9 of 9

When I had someone under me that was having a melt down I'd send them to the walk in to get it together.  Yell, scream, breath deep just come out of there ready to work.  If someone was chronic I'd discuss it with the owner and recommend termination.  I don't miss that.

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