===I tentatively accepted an offer of a breakfast cook for a local cafe... ...Can we say "eyewwww" boys and girls? It's a similarly disfunctional environment in a different sort of way.====
I love the breakfast shift. Of course this depends on how early you need to be there, but heck, you can get done with work and still enjoy the day. I did it for years and am still seeking a place that is popular and does it right. My wish to go back to those days have been hindered by some of your same concerns.
====Breakfast is a new venue for the mom and her son in law is the primary 'leasee' of the place ===
How long have they owned this place? I'm going to take a guess that they assumed ownership with the only intention of making and taking what they have and working with that. One place I checked out had you running over five feet to the cold table to get items for the grill. Any item from the freezer required a 12 ' walk. This meant every time you needed fries, you traveled that distance. They did not keep a bag of fries near the fryer.
Now the guy who took over that place claimed that he had experience, but I could tell that he was incapable of doing anything
====Practically speaking: The prep table doesn't work. You have to haul ice in pans for the ingredients even though breakfast doesn't last nearly any length of the 4 hour rule.
They have a single 'freezer' that is an old ice cream chest freezer.... ...There is no dishing machine. everything is done by hand.
The oven/grill is a mess. I don't think it's been cleaned in years. They're using a flat grill that literally has an 8th of an inch of crud compacted on the surface. The oven in general is disgusting. =====
Are you sure that we aren't talking about the same place...? It had a 2x3" grill with -everything- cooked on it. There were burners where I could have used fry pans, but the owner did not want to change how 'The old timers' liked it.
My feeling was the the old timers were not going to live forever and this place will need a way to draw a younger crowd. The fact is, there is a great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner for people who knew something about good food down the road.
Among all your complaints here, the biggest one to me is the lack of a proper dishwashing machine. You just cannot get plates, utensils and kitchen equipment clean without one. There are small machines that are not much larger than what can be found in most homes. These things can be acquired for free (From Hobart I think) as long as you have a service contract with the company and buy their soaps.
==== they may even fire me for it, but I think I'm going to do some Malcome ass whooping. (the SIL)... ...<in the mood to do some major ass whooping>====
Lost me there. You use this phrase twice. As with your last topic and questions there, I must respond that I'm still a big fan of spanking...
====So, when you are THE cook and come into a new kitchen what do you do?====
When it is family? Very little. My situation is even more interesting as not only is the current owner a direct descendant and now running the operation after her late father. But she and her daughter work there doing a great job. It has been a very long time since I worked for someone this hands on.
It seems that many of the employees are related to another one in some way. In other words, I do not complain about anyone as I may be talking about some one's cousin, sister, brother or who knows what.
The fact is that there is little to complain about as everyone is a long term employee and have worked there for many years. There is a good reason for this.
====I am having a hard time with the server that has a hearing problem and I can't understand her writing. She also mumbles and I can't understand her most of the time with the fans. Is that my responsibility to figure it out or hers to write a little clearer?====
Now that's just too funny. If I have anything to complain about, that might be it. The young girls are too shy to speak loudly and there are a few older ones that speak quietly too.
Penmanship seems to be a lost art as I have to ask one of the other cooks if they can tell me what has been written. With some of them 'chiliburg' can look exactly like 'chickenbskt' (bskt=basket).