It’s a familiar scene in Hollywood movies, top-rated reality shows, and bestselling murder mysteries: Volatile, demanding, unreasonable chefs who make life miserable for their staff, especially those working side by side with them, and have sous-chefs and waitstaff alike in tears. The fictional character is, unfortunately, all too real in many professional kitchens.
It’s a stereotype – and a reality – the industry is actively working to change. With good reason. While the out-of-control gourmet mastermind may play well to movie-goers, reality TV junkies, and whodunit aficionados, it is, quite simply, bad business.