In 2016, the Working In America initiative launched to collect stories from workers across the country to tell us about the challenges and joys of what they do and how they do it.
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Below are examples of working stories shared by participants – can you relate? What is something about your job that people don't know?
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Jason Woodworth LINE COOK 21 YEARS OLD Kalamazoo, MI 49009 MY STORY
What is one thing about your work that most people don't know?
Everybody makes mistakes when they're working in a kitchen. I find myself making complex meals without much knowledge of the meal itself. The plate a customer receives is often slightly different than what it was intended to be. Typically, the only indicator that a meal wasn't successfully prepared is if the customer sends it back to the kitchen, which rarely happens.
What makes you most proud of the work you do?
At the end of an insanely busy night at the restaurant, it feels good to know that I really worked hard. I feel proud when I see myself doing things like managing stress, effectively communicating, and being a generally efficient line cook. When things get hectic in the kitchen, you have to keep a level head and trust in your own abilities. When the busy rush is finally over, there's a sense that you've truly earned your pay for that shift.
1 & 1/2 years Wagon Wheel Restaurant & bar rt 113 Quakertown pa 18951 job description cook , dishwasher, inventory , food ordering, weekly . cooked homemade soups, roast beefs pork roasts , home made breads , Chicken wings , everything deep fry, grill steaks , submarines , hoagies , Dinners Beer batter shrimp , chicken steaks spaghetti & meatballs ,home made potato chips , and pretzels . etc much more pies . Lake House Inn 2 years Perkasie pa.,Food Prep Bakery ,River stone Tavern ,Reigelsville Pa . 1 year Cook lunch dinner , Pau Pack diner ,Pocono mountains , Pa . 1 year ,Cook Breakfast , Omelets , Hash brown potatoes ,Pancakes , Funnel cakes , ham bacon Steak & eggs, Any kind Eggs Benedict , etc.
Hi, I live in Conway, looking for something in customer service or food industry near my location.
I have many years of cooking. I've been cooking since the age of 11. I enjoy communicating with people along with serving my meals to them. I have experience in volunteering at different community centers for children and elderly. I have a certificate in hospitality. I have experience in prep cook. I love working with food I'm currently in Dayton Ohio