The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator

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2006/10/25 14:05:47 (permalink)

The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator

Wanted to share this with all my friends here:

In all the years I’ve been in this business, I have seen dishwashers come and go. For the most part, they are generally unskilled laborers, foreign laborers, teenagers, or people who were looking for a simple job. But washing dishes is anything but simple. In fact, it’s the last line of defense for the sanitation and cleanliness of most establishments, and the job they are generally required to perform can be overwhelming.

As a chef, I know this experience first hand. To be sure, all of my kitchen staff is a dishwasher to some degree or another. It’s part of the cross-training experience I relay on down the chain of command. We must pull together at times to separate silverware, take the garbage out, scrub pots and pans, or just to get home at the end of the night. But dishwashers often have to go beyond this by sweeping the floor, mopping bathrooms, organizing the walk-ins, or putting stock away. Dishwashers go home at the end of the night soaking wet, smelling like a garbage disposal and simply worn out. It’s a hard and demanding job that deserves the recognition and respect that only an industry professional can admire.

Let’s study this job for a minute.

Is it accurate to call a dishwashing machine a “dish tank?” I’ve heard this term used frequently over the years, but is a dish machine really a “tank?” If so, then what is the dishwasher's title, “tank mechanic?” Let’s see if this “tank mechanic” has the proper tools to complete his job: First, is he trained? Does he know how to empty the filters in the tank that are filled with lettuce, silverware and ramekins? Do they know how to change the water in the “tank” so things get clean? The mop sink, (a required component in the kitchen), many times is the last thing a “tank mechanic” wants to look at... Come on, it's a "dishwashing machine," not a tank!

Who’s the last one out at the end of the night? Is it a manager or the dishwasher? Maybe both? The dishwasher is often the last person to leave your establishment, because he’s the clean-up guy. So who put in the longer day, the salary guy or the hourly guy? Ever try to lift a garbage can from a dishwashing area? If not, try it once! The weight of wet food scraps and other debris in the dish area can be backbreaking.

The dishwasher gets your dishes, glasswares, smallwares, and most everything else clean. He makes sure you have the place set for your customers’ safety and protection. It’s your dishwasher who represents your last line of defense, and it’s your dishwasher who protects your food storage capacities.

Your dishwasher is a vital and integral component to your success. Discounting their contribution to your establishment is a mistake. Hire them, train them and utilize them to fit the needs of your establishment, and you’ll have a foundation in the kitchen to rely upon. If you disrespect your dishwashers, and they in turn disrespect you, the sanitation maintenance of your establishment could suffer greatly, which ultimately could affect your customers’ satisfaction and perception of your establishment. This is why the dishwasher is the ultimate kitchen gladiator!

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    V960
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 15:03:54 (permalink)
    I'm going to get heat for this but I must respectivefully disagree w/ you. Dishwashers occasionally rise above that task but at my Father's place we would have to do that duty at least twice a year because the DW was drunk, didn't show up or "went off his rocker". It is a s**t job but then so is mowing a lawn or trimming trees or cleaning toilets or raking leaves.

    Ultimate??? How about bottom of the ladder? Before our place was sold the only thing we checked on diswashers was their arms for needle tracks.
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 15:17:08 (permalink)
    I am not getting in this argument, you are talking to someone who actually hired a blind guy as a dishwasher when I managed at Olive Garden.

    You can insert all the blind dishwasher jokes here, but michael was one of the best dw we had, you just had to keep things out of his way when he carried plates to the line

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    V960
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 15:31:44 (permalink)
    My Father ran a place for many years. We ranged from a DW who became the sous chef to one who killed a busboy for calling him a wetback.
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    Nacho
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 16:59:00 (permalink)
    I guess it all depends on who is doing the job.

    Stereotyping dishwashers as being drunks, druggies, or other similar types of people is wrong. I've seen all kinds of dishwashers in the restaurant business, after 27+ years in the business I've seen all kinds come and go!

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    Theedge
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 17:16:22 (permalink)
    I worked for several summers as a dishwasher at a kids camp, so I’m talking messy plates. To be honest I didn’t mind the job at all, sort of thought it might be something I wouldn’t mind doing when I leave the rat race. Can you imagine, I think mopping floors or doing dishes might be a nice change to sitting at a desk? One thing I do know for sure is that after having employees, I sure know what the boss is after.
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/25 18:41:08 (permalink)
    With all due respect, I doubt my Manager would allow the Dishwasher to close up, as he would no longer be my Manager.
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    RE: The Dishwasher: The Ultimate Kitchen Gladiator 2006/10/26 12:22:52 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by littlebites

    With all due respect, I doubt my Manager would allow the Dishwasher to close up, as he would no longer be my Manager.


    I was thinking the same thing......
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