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    Take the job with nice, aggressive advancement opportunity or the job with great benefits?

    Oh, great and powerful Chef Talk Forum... I once again turn to my peers for some advice. I am considering two job offers. The one job offers a good salary, great company culture and support and very good advancement.  The benefits are so-so, not great.  The potential for exponential increase...
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    Anyone here a Certified Dietary Manager?

    I'm looking to learn a little bit about being a Certified Dietary Manager and would like to talk to someone who has already taken the exam. Thanks!
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    Just to clear up any confusion, all employees of this facility are informed of and must consent to a background check to be considered for hiring.  Because it's an assisted living facility, the state requires them to do a background check.  But my problem is why does this facility do it AFTER...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    That is EXACTLY what I thought, chefwriter.  And that is what happened.  I had hired this great kid to be my dishwasher/ prep guy.  Just an all around great kid with a servant's heart.  We hired him, got him on the schedule.  They gave the background check two weeks later, it came back with some...
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    Has anyone ever thought about walking away from this industry?

    That's exactly what we are thinking, Chefwriter.  Traveling and cooking together.
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    Has anyone ever thought about walking away from this industry?

    Just looking for some free form thinking... My husband, who is also a chef, and I frequently entertain this idea of selling everything we own, buying an RV, living in it full-time and following the seasons here in the states working at ranches, lodges, ski resorts, etc.  Essentially working as...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    The final straw was the executive director firing one of my staff on my day off. It's a little more complex than that, but that's it in a nutshell. When I took this position, I encountered a food service department that was so demoralized.  Their spirits and work ethic was so low that I...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    Update.... I quit! I guit my job yesterday.  I walked into the director's office, put the keys on her desk and said, "This is my last day.  I have cleaned out my office.  If you wish to discuss why I left, you can contact me in a few days, but I am leaving now." Several factors led me to...
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    Does the Chef have to be present when the State comes through to make their inspections?

    Crisis averted.  As I was getting ready to go in, I just got the call from my ED that it was just a routine complaint follow up, NOT the big yearly inspection, so I did not have to come in. Thanks for everyone's responses.  I really appreciate this forum.
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    Does the Chef have to be present when the State comes through to make their inspections?

    It's my day off.  My one day off in the past two weeks.  I'm the FDS of an assisted living facility. State just arrived and everyone is in a panic.  My exec. director wants me to come in.  I told her I don't think it's necessary that I come in. I feel pretty good about the condition of the...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    This is some very good and supportive advice!  I really appreciate this forum and the professionals on it!   We will see how the rest of this week goes.  I will post an update soon!
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    Update- after a particularly frustrating and ridiculous day, I told the Exec. Director that if things do not change in the next few days, they will need to start looking for yet another FDS. I don't think this Exec. Director is a bad person... I think she is very young and acts more like a...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    Things have gone from bad to worse. This is my first day off since I've been there. I've been in touch with the former FDS and he has confirmed what I already knew. I am trying to figure out how to proceed.  For the most part, my kitchen and dining crew are very hard workers.  And I repeat, it...
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    Looks like your griddle is not too far away from looking really good!
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    Best way to clean a griddle?

    This was a similar thread a few months ago. Hands down the best way to clean a griddle, every day, is oil, salt, griddle brick.  Scrape off the residue, pour about a cup of oil, about a 1/2 cup kosher salt and the polish with a stone.  Use griddle scraper to remove oil and salt, wipe griddle...
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    Professional Chef Shoe advice (for a woman)

    Thanks for all the advice, even from the non-lady chefs! ;) I found a pair of Danskos that seem to be working out well, but my go to shoes are my SFC with my inserts.  After 3 decades in this grueling business, my feet are breaking down and I've resigned myself to the fact that I will always...
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    Is 8 Food Service Directors in the past 8 years too much?

    It's kind of a rhetorical question, but how much turnover is TOO much turnover?  Is 8 Food Service Directors in 8 years too much? I just took a position at a senior community as the Food Service Director (of Director of Dining Services, as they require us to be called).  My husband and I moved...
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    Dealing with an irrationally irate admin. assistant. Looking for advice

    Chef Bubba, that is the exact direction I am hoping to get my kitchen crew in.  Right now, their specialty is burnt toast and hockey puck burgers.  It's been a tough two weeks.  My seniors come from very simple backgrounds and just want simple, comfortable food.  My corporation has other ideas...
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    Dealing with an irrationally irate admin. assistant. Looking for advice

    Such great advice from fellow professionals!  Thank you!  I have decided to send a mass email to all the managers.  
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    Dealing with an irrationally irate admin. assistant. Looking for advice

    Fablesable, you nailed her personality exactly!  Thank you for the advice and perspective. JohnnyHotcakes, the idea about "all hands on deck" is excellent.  You are correct.  The residents LIVE for meal-time.  And meal-time over the past year has been little better than prison food.   It is...
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