How to deal with difficult cooks

If there are doctors who feel like they are gods, then there are also cooks who feel like they are godly gifts for gourmands and food lovers. Of course, with such feelings, it is not surprising therefore to know that anger, discontent, unstable moods, and pride are often part of their nature. They may have the culinary talent to curb appetite and satisfy hunger, but they also have a bad temper to deal with.

Difficult Chefs and Their Reasons

Let us talk about the “crazy cook.” Stereotype.

One person who comes to mind naturally when you hear of crazy chefs is Chef Gordon Ramsay. You saw how his famous temper flew in his popular reality TV show, Hell’s Kitchen, and you also saw how his chefs fought in front of the great chef and his equally brilliant temperament.

Although it was too tempting to think it was just an act, it really wasn’t. “Insane cooks” are, in fact, as real as “god doctors.” With that being said, what made chefs more intelligent than others then?

It cannot be denied that the restaurant kitchen is one of the busiest working areas of any profession. People are always running around, shouting to be heard above the clamor, and carrying things all over the place. On top of all that, the chefs have to get themselves right in order to serve all the customers in the way they expect to be served and to cook the dishes in the way they expect to meals are cooked, to avoid disappointment.

With this busy atmosphere, there can be no denying that a temper will fly, and there is a flying anger that many chefs are looking forward to the end of their shifts to escape the hustle and bustle of the kitchen. And the whole thing starts all over again the next day! There is a constant buzz of a restaurant kitchen that can really grate on anyone’s nerve. The busier the kitchen, the more hellish the temper becomes. Unfortunately, there are even some chefs who turn to drugs and alcohol to cope with the daily pressures of a busy restaurant kitchen. This certainly doesn’t help in any way as it makes the situation much more volatile.

Dealing with Mad Chefs

Short of quitting your job, there are ways you can deal with difficult chefs.

When dealing with difficult cooks, you should know that only you can hurt yourself. If you let your negative comments affect you, then you are bound to feel the pain of his words. I know, it’s easier said than done, but with practice and a lot of patience, you can take his negative comments and turn them into something positive.

You must also remember that their temper is part of themselves, not part of you. So should a crazy chef’s temper fly, the best way to shield yourself against it is to think that you just happen to be caught in the middle of her tirade.

It also happens that your temper sometimes conflicts with crazy cooks. For this reason, it would be to your advantage to “count to ten” before opening your mouth and making the situation worse. If you’ve already told yourself some mean things, breathe in slowly and wait for your patience to return. It will not do any good to the situation if the two of your tempers collide. Remember, a negative response breeds a negative response, so the more you react in anger, the warmer the argument becomes. Responding in this way is a complete waste of energy, and let’s face it, what you and the crazy cook are doing affects other people in the kitchen as well. Negativity is contagious, never forget that.

If you have found the strength to control your own temper and fight back, then wait it out until the crazy cook has let off his steam. In the meantime, put yourself in the shoes of the mad chef and look for valid reasons behind his quick temper. It would also be of great benefit to you if you saw some lessons about what happened and offered ways on how to avoid future conflicts like that happening again.

Finally, if the situation is finally over, never talk about it and stop repeating it to anyone you meet. However sublime it is to repeat what happened, it will not do any good to the situation. If you feel the need to “let go of your own steam,” write them down on a piece of paper. However, make sure you burn it afterwards or discard it, lest someone get it and it ignites an entirely new argument.

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