How Hollywood sees us: Belittling the kitchen staff

The Restaurant Industry According to Hollywood #5

Between Gordon Ramsey and Anthony Bourdain resides the real folks that manage our kitchens. They are hardworking, dedicated and supremely professional… for the most part. Why is that both TV and movies are convinced our kitchen staff is populated by overbearing a-holes that rant, criticize and belittle?

Having spent the better part of my adult life I know a secret. No chef worth his salt would ever embarrass or dress down a staff member and not secretly fear for his or her life. When you populate a space with people who work in a hot, pressure filled environment and give them 10” chef knives, you are going to be thoughtful about how you behave. More importantly, to succeed you must build a team and tearing people down or apart is no way to accomplish that goal.