I thought I should post here since most pastry chefs have the insights to the problems inheriant to the job...but I was also hoping for feed back from non-pastry poeple too? Just like Momoreg I finally desided enough was enough. I went in to talk to my manager and give her my notice today. I was as calm as possible, totally sincere and completely honest. I told her I'd stay until everything was covered but I can't continue with the way things are currently. There's been 3 years of confict between the chef and I (it's really not about me and him, it's about him not wanting a pastry chef in his kitchen). He's managed to run out all the other pastry chefs in months, I'm the only one who's ever stayed over a year. The manager knows most of the problems and has neglected some issues, handled some where it made things worse but in the long run shes' helped me alot by giving me "power" over my job, my menus and letting others know that they shouldn't mess with me. No one but the head chef messes with me, which is nice but since their all his relatives (this is not a family owned business it's a country club) they also don't trust me or talk to me so work isn't much fun (but that's o.k. most of the time, I enjoy what I do enough that I have a good day all by myself). Well the manager told me she'd kind of do anything to keep me. She offered to have the chef repremanded by the board of directors, anything to keep me....but that's a horrible solution that's like throwing fuel on the fire. So I'm here asking for advice/help. How can I be seperate from the chef (she offered to make me my own department) yet share the same space, same people, same equpiment, etc...and not have this be one big set up for more retailiation? How can she put a stop to his over active ego and need to dominate but at the same time not turn it harder onto me? Have any of you ever seen this work...seperating the pastry chef from the head chefs' control? But we still need to have a working relationship? How can I set up a safety zone so he doesn't want to and can't, play even worse games with me? Like "oops I forgot to order that" or "oops I forgot to tell you we have 200 more for tonight?" I really don't want to walk away because I've gained so much and I know I'll never find another job with as good hours in this industry. Can anyone think of a solution that might work for the chef and myself?