Kitchen Staff - Cook, 8 Queen Street East, Brampton, ON - October 18, 2015
The food here is all gourmet at The Works Gourmet Burger Bistro. There's a lot to indulge your teeth and taste buds into but what is working here like?
I was the prep worker there. I pressed patties out of varied amounts of ingredients such as beef, turkey, elk, and even beef patties with cheese curds stuffed inside (it's tastes as good as it sounds!). Every work day I'm tasked to prep food for the guys in charge of cooking the material. I usually start off by chipping potatoes into fries (ranging from 2-5 full boxes of potatoes) in the span of over an hour. Luckily I worked opening shift so no costumers were in the way of readying up for the day. After that I get started on the patties, then when needed for resupply I marinating our chicken, and eventually create our specially made sauces. After I complete what's essential for the day and the day after, I'm free to go.
As an employee you'll meet highly trained and wonderful employees there who will do everything in their power to train you until you're as capable as they are. Thanks to their simple and well-paced instruction I was able to get the hang of my duties as a prep guy and continue to improve my skills and ethics.
There are flaws to working here though, like all businesses. One thing I must admit s that their management is poor. Day by day we, or the manager(s), would have a hard time staying on routine, or being organized, such as remembering to pull certain ingredients from the freezer and into the fridge for tomorrow, or forgetting to order supplies needed for our daily work routine. It was frustrating and at times forced me to cut corners under their instruction. Definitely one of the most frustrating times is when you're being tasked by more than one person at a time, since we may have more than one manager there handling business. You wound up juggling tasked and being blamed for not doing what one of them told you to do on time. One individual going through this even explained the issue but they were so angry at him not doing what they told him to do that they completely ignored it, and by that he quit. It needs to be regarded or it can damage the community there.
Other than that you'll find yourself enjoying what you do there. Simply do what's necessary and don't be afraid to challenge yourself and learn from mistakes, or experiences.