People always take pity on a chef on Valentine’s day. We have to work, it’s sad. But it isn’t nearly so simple.
I find there are two types of chef, the ones who need the night off and those that don’t really care.
A Chef on Valentine’s Day Who Needs The Night Off.
These chefs are the ones who need to really save up brownie points and good will so that they can have that night off.
While Valentines day for a chef isn’t the busiest day of the year, customers certainly have high expectations, they are out to impress their better half.
The culture in big professional kitchens is simple, don’t take sickies and don’t ask for days off on big occasions like Valentines Day. These chefs go out of their way to make sure they can get that day off, taking on an extra shift or six day week, staying longer or coming in early to help out.
I fall into the other category I simply don’t give a hoot about working Valentine’s Day. Christmas is another matter, I ‘ll save that for another post. So I take advantage of these people, getting the extra commitment in work before and after the day.
A Chef on Valentines Day Who Doesn’t Need The Night Off.
Which category you fall into depends very much on your other half. Most of the chefs I’ve worked with are male, so it is the wives and girlfriends that we need to consider.
If you are with a young princess you’re in trouble and will fall into the first category. But if , like me, you are married to a lovely, level headed and tolerant lady, then life is much easier.
I actually love working on Valentines day because it throws up such interesting people, doing different things to impress that special person. The pinnacle being a proposal that includes putting the ring into a dessert. This happened to me this year, which made for an amusing and interesting night.
Diamond in The Dessert
Mid-way through service the restaurant manager came into the kitchen asking if I could speak to a customer in private. Of course, I was only too happy to help. This rather nervous man handed over his very expensive, large diamond ring and asked if I was OK with this. Of course I was, after all, he had to pop the question I only had to put the diamond in the dessert. I think this was when he realised that his part of the bargain was harder than mine.
The proposal went very well, she said yes, he looked relieved.
Chef’s Humour on Valentine’s Day
One thing that I have always wanted to do is put diamond rings in each and every dessert on Valentine’s Day and watch what happens on the restaurant floor. Maybe it is my Chef’s humour, but wouldn’t it be funny looking at all those girls delighted by their surprise and the boyfriends squirming in their seats. Is that cruel? Being a chef on Valentine’s Day has to have some perks. Any good Valentine’s stories or proposals you’d like to share with us?