My latest challenge: Working in the kitchen with Jason

A couple of days ago, I blogged about my cooking experiences last week-end with a house full of Vegans, for whom I had to buy and prepare special foods. I like the challenge of coming up with menus, shopping for the correct ingredients, and experimenting/preparing the dishes in hopes that they will be appreciated and enjoyed by my guests. Well, this was exactly the case. it worked out fine and the guests loved it.

However, what I didn't bargain for was the challenge of working in the kitchen with Jason (pseudonym). It was not fun! I took it upon myself to hire Jason five months ago when Sandra told me she was pregnant. Sandra (also a pseudonym) is my other assistant and she is wonderful, especially in the kitchen . She was in school as a chefing major when I hired her. It take months to train someone properly to work in a B&B, so we both thought I should hire someone in advance so when her baby was born, she could have the amount of time off she needed in order to regroup. She has two other children ages four and two.

Ok.... so in walks Jason. He had seen my notice on the university job board and needed a part-time job. During the interview he was personable, appeared to be quite intelligent, and lived only three blocks from me. He was not a culinary arts or hotel management student like I usually hired, but he appeared to be eager to learn and the mention of scrubbing toilets didn't make him squirm. So I hired him.

As the training began, Sandra and I decided to start him on the second and third floors where he would learn our method of cleaning the guestrooms, bathrooms, and hallways. Sandra was still helping me in the kitchen and was taking care of the first floor. It was working out fine.....for a while. After a few weeks, I started noticing a few quirks about Jason. He was really good at repetitive tasks like cleaning the rooms and baths; they were always done the same. But if anything changed or we added something new, he had trouble remembering how to do it, when to do it, and to do it at all. Oops! What's going on here? Well, he's still in training so he's gonna make mistakes, right?  But....

This did not go away, nor did it get better. The more we added to his load the harder time he had keeping up with it. And, let me tell you, there is a hell of a lot to do in a bed and breakfast. People don't realize it. Many think it's all fun and games. But it's a job that spans the whole days a week, twelve hours a day. When the help goes home, I take over. And hopefully I've completed most of the writing I wanted to get done that day. (continued tomorrow)


*Note: the picture above is not Jason


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