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The Meaning of Life 
 
Oct. 24, 2010 11:49 am 
Updated: Oct. 31, 2010 8:24 pm
I recently left the corporate world for a privately owned business where I will be feeding 34 clients 2 meals a day. 
 
Instead of the nonsense of trying to do your job while people sitting behind a desk decide how you should do it, I traded in the headaches, the high blood pressure, daily drama and corporate interference for a peaceful, low key, happy kitchen, where I  get to do what I do best without some over-educated, seminar-trained, upper level manager calling the shots.
 
And since I am alone in the kitchen, I don't have to worry about things not getting done right, or not being done at all.  Pots will get washed, garbage will get taken out, and the kitchen and dining room will be clean and organized.  The fundamentals of the job will get met without having to write up an action plan, or deal with incompetent or over-reacting middle management.
 
I took some time off before starting the new job and took my 9 year old step-grandson for the day.  We went bowling, to the arcade, and saw a movie.  As I was lining up a shot at a 7-10 split, I realized I was happy for a change, and this is what living life is all about. :)
 
Never give up on trying to find happiness
Take care and God bless
Chef John
 
 
Comments
Oct. 24, 2010 1:04 pm
I'm glad you have found your happiness! Good luck and enjoy!
 
Oct. 24, 2010 3:20 pm
Sounds great! I'm glad you are happy.
 
Oct. 24, 2010 4:55 pm
You da bomb, John! Best of luck in your future endeavors. Peace.
 
Janet 
Oct. 24, 2010 6:00 pm
Hi John: I can relate to what you are saying, I used to own a fast food (franchised) business and was dictated as well. Only closed 2 days a year, opened 18 hours a day, relying on 50 staff to run breakfast, lunch and dinner and meeting labour costs, watching food costs, escalating food and paper product costs while having a super cheap costing menu was extremely hard. I sold this business after being in it for 4 years, I thought I originally would have liked to have had 3 more stores but exactly what you had said, having to have people do things constantly a certain way and still meeting the labour costs was getting hard. I know work for a catering business and our main business is feeding a local car plant (200 plus people), lunch and dinner service for the other shift. It is very busy and the work gets done without the drama from staff or the worry of costs because of franchised over inflated costs. My only concern is that I cannot ever get sick because there is no one to take my position. It is busy but very rewarding. Best of luck to you, I totally understand where you are coming from. Your life will be busy but happier as I have found.
 
Oct. 25, 2010 6:09 am
Best of luck in this new venture!
 
Oct. 26, 2010 10:34 am
good for you John, life is just too short to not be happy:)
 
Oct. 28, 2010 8:53 am
It's always nice to hear about people discovering their joy. Glad for you John. I hope you can find time to update your blog and let us know how the feeding is going!
 
Oct. 31, 2010 8:24 pm
Thank you John. I'm also de-corporatized. I'm looking for what will make me happy. I've got to make up for 15+ years of 80 hour weeks. I am here for my step grand daughter (8 weeks old) and will do everything to always be here for her. She will be first and not whatever corporation I end up with.
 
 
 
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I have been a professional restaurant person for 30+ years. I started out as a dishwasher and worked my way up the ladder. No schooling except for hands on experience in locations around the USA. I am now starting my own business as a consultant and food writer.
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Everything-except baking and desserts
My favorite family cooking traditions
Gravy, my side of the family is mostly French , so we love the sauces and gravies.
My cooking triumphs
Starting my own public access cooking show-"It's Only Food". Did 33 shows in 3 years as the chef and producer. It certainly opened up a lot of doors and paved the way for changing the way I look at food.
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Missing my family growing up and working 80 hour weeks, but I can say that it paid off. No regrets.
 
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