I started my day on the wrong foot. Tuesdays are often stressful as it is impossible to predict how much work I’d have to do after two days of being away… but yesterday took the cake. It turned out I had to slice and poach 20 potatoes and assemble two salmon terrines, in addition to catching up on some garnishes. The excuse was that I should have written a note for someone to cook off the potato slices on Monday but that’s unfair – no one else in the kitchen has to write up prep lists 2 days in advance. I should be able to trust that the sous chefs can handle my station in my absence. It was way too early in the day to already have to put up with so much BS, I almost lost it. But getting upset wasn’t going to get the work done any faster so I just buckled down and focused. Luckily Sous Chef J had nothing to do so he was able to help me with some of the other tasks.
At the end of prep, Chef came by and remarked, “Look at you! Just one salmon terrine used to take you all day but now you’ve done two AND other stuff. Good job!” It was a bit of a backhanded compliment but I appreciated it nonetheless.
And later on, Sous Chef S apologized to me for the state of my station so all is well.