After taking a long break from blogging I was lost. I was struggling getting back in the groove of writing. I lost interest for a while and then when I decided to write…it just wasn’t happening. I was sick with the flu watching Ramsey’s Kitchen Nightmares and loved his approach to work.
overcome the problem:
In the episode of Ramsey’s show the restaurant owner was a former pharmaceutical salesman and took the approach of “please everyone” to the menu. The “please everyone” approach was a disaster for the menu and the chef. No original taste, no original dishes, and in a speedy process to ‘please all’ the food tasted bland. The kitchen was overworked, the serving staff displeased with their tips, and the customers unsatisfied.
work with the problem and find more than one solution:
For an expert like Ramsey the problem with this Curry Cuisine restaurant was clear: new menu. No one jumped at his suggestion. Even with a restaurant with a short life line, they were all opposed to change. Ramsey had to take the Chef out of the kitchen to a local market to get him back to the roots of cooking and come up with a “special”. This “special” sold quick and the customers loved it because it brought the heart of the Chef back into the kitchen.
Ramsey also proposed a lunch special. A cute canister filled with a quick lunch to sell to local businesses. The restaurant was only seeing a profit on the weekend and this would be a daily fix.
get out and play
Playing outside of work in a team building exercise the kitchen staff and the serving staff finally connected. Ramsey stated that it is important for the “team” to know each other and care for each other’s best interests. It is not “just a job”. It is families earning their wages. Ramsey admitted that his own team gets together at least once a month.
My favorite part of this episode was when Ramsey actually took down a sign from the the window that read: “Best tasting Curry in Nottingham” because in small print it said “runner up 2007”. Not only was the sign misleading it was not necessary. Ramsey laughed at the sign and took it down against the Owner’s will. The Owner missed the point that good food sells itself.
My problem: I realized is just simply not making time. I have taken other fun tasks but I am not being responsible with my time. I do great in the “Get out and play” area of life I just need to be more devoted to my other tasks! Life is short but consists of simple steps that can keep my life in order!! I’m back in it!
Where are you?? Are you having fun and being successful or caught up in a Nightmare?