"See... the problem here is that... my little brother, this morning, got his arm caught in the microwave, and uh... my grandmother dropped acid and she freaked out, and hijacked a school bus full of... penguins, so it's kind of a family crisis... so come back later? Great."
-Lane Myer (Definitely not as in Oscar Mayer)
I'm an annoying chef. I'm happy - just happy to be in a kitchen. I whistle and sing, yet have pretty high standards.
Pet peeves? This is easy:
Not taking cling wrap off a container (i.e just punching your fist through).
And THEN re-wrapping over the top of it.
Old labels on containers.
People not tasting their mise en place.
The word 'should'. "do you have enough artichokes prepped for tonight?" "I should chef..."
People that use the phrase 'that's not my section.'
People who aren't interested in improving their performance.
people who can't spell what they're cooking.
Spelling and grammatical errors on menus.
This thread speaks to me... I'm very OCD.
Walking without purpose drives me nuts.
Letting a service fridge door slam shut, don't even get me started...
Leaving a scrunched up towel on a bench 'cause you can't keep it on your person properly...
Re-using one mixing bowl for a dish over and over.
Spazzing out and moving quickly but not efficiently.
Just off the top of my head
we pro cooks/chefs are touchy eh? (to all) Standing in the way and culinary school are good ones ( i never went to a culinary program,turning into a chemist over a cook. lol!)
I only smoke when appropriate with line work, and every 4 hours in production. one ever has to pick up slack for me. one chef said smokers are more productive when they smoke then bitchy non smokers.
It's not the Answer it's the Experience
Totally agree with ^ on the smoking. I never walk off the to smoke, and only every few hours during prep. Excuses are my big downfall. Or the "that's not how I learned in school" BS. I went to culinary school, but one thing I learned there is no matter how you think it should be done. Do it chefs way, he is your superior, unless chef says to do it how you want.
One more big one that after starting and reading this thread that no one has said, and happened during lunch today is sloppy server tickets when hand written when the the ticket machine craps out.
Gumbys, people who can't dance during service, continually in the way or bumping into others . I've worked with a couple over the years.
This seems unrelated to the persons physique, fitness or experience.
Another one I hate: taking orders after you've finished up. Happens all the time where I work "Oh I couldn't say no!" Sometimes it's 5 mins after stop time which ain't so bad because you haven't cleaned everything down yet, but other times the whole kitchen is clean and someone brings an order in. A couple of times I've literally been about to leave, changed and everything and I have to turn everything on again because some dumbass waitress wouldn't tell people we're closed.
+1 ... especially the 'dumbass' waitstaff, but what do they care anyway?