The Great Hall
The Road To Freedom The Great Hall: The Road To Freedom
By Peachcreek (Peachcreek) on Wednesday, February 07, 2001 - 05:07 pm: Edit

It seem that there is a huge number of disgruntled and disinfranchised people in the restaurant world. How many of the threads on this site deal with the fact that this industry, by and large abuses the people who make it run. As cooking schools churn out more and more graduates, they seem like the fodder that keeps the whole cycle going. Credentials really amount to nothing. For every chef or cook who leaves a bad situation, a dozen of these cooking school grad clamour to take the place. Big corporations feed on the naive. Owners of small restaurants need only the cash to legitimize themselves as restauranteurs. And the willing cooks and chefs of the world put up with it. It has to STOP! The good cooks and chefs of the world need to BELIEVE IN THEMSELVES! For me, it was starting a tiny cafe in a podunk town, and doing everything myself. For others I know, it was knowing that their abilities were far superior than they were compensated and having the nerve to tell the management or owner the truth. And having the backbone to follow through. If you have any talent at all, YOU CAN DO IT! It doesn't work to wait around until the world discovers your abilities. It will be a very long wait. Someone is going to be making money off of you as long as you allow it to happen. I do very well in the restaurant business, and ENJOY the hard work and effort. I BELIEVE IN MYSELF AND MY ABILITIES. The abuse will stop when you decide not to put up with it anymore. The road to freedom is there, waiting for you to take the first step.

By chefgbs on Thursday, February 08, 2001 - 10:57 am: Edit

Amen Peachcreek. It beats going postal.

By Foodstylist (Foodstylist) on Saturday, March 03, 2001 - 11:01 pm: Edit

As a person that made the break and told the foodservice business to kiss off, let me tell you, there are ample opportunities outside of restaurants for those that know food and cooking. I, too was tired of the abuse, mismanagement, unappreciative owners, etc. After eleven years, I definitely have some stories -- for another time. I'm too busy working for myself and earning what my experience is truly worth to think back to those dark days.

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