The weeds just happen. They shouldn´t be a habit.
It´s not how you start its how you finish.
Last week on mothers day, i was in the weeds....
Full house and we were all doing fine, the problem was when our boss, decided "we needed his help cooking". *cough*cough*. We didn´t need his help though with sh*t.
Anyway dude comes into the kitchen thinking he was helping, but in reality he was screwing me over. Anything he intended to do, be it a dish or a component to a dish he needed help, he didn´t know where anything was, etc... it was almost like working with someone that had no arms, because even to get things as simple as sauce in a squeeze bottle in the fridge we needed to run to get for the dude. Seriously why would the boss want to be in the kitchen, and what gave him the impression we needed him.
2 weeks ago we did an event of 50 people with exclusive menus, i pulled a double shift and 3 days later we fed 100 people in 3 cooks.... yet on mothers day we were in 4 cooks, and 2 extra people were working this day to help out with petty tasks..... so with 6 people we were fine, and organized, as soon as someone decided to be the 7th wheel and join the party everything just went nuts.
I´m a really calm line cook, i tend to keep a serious look on my face during a rush. This day i kept a blank expression, but on the inside i was dying... literally having a nuisance in the kitchen is just terrible.
I just hope i don´t have to deal with this kind of BS again. To me if you arent a cook you shouldnt be entering the kitchen to cook, i don´t know what was going on that day, i just think the owner decided it was gonna be fun, or he wanted to show the crowd in the dinning room and his friends that he could play with the big boys... well i hope he realized you can´t and shouldnt....
But yeah as you can tell im still irked just talking about the situation. Aside from that the only other time i remember being in the weeds was a long time ago when i served 150 people just me and my chef, one cook was on vacation and we were 2 cooks down.... we were hustling pretty quickly that day, i got in the weeds because of meat station but i got out pretty quick.