Now it seems I've got more Mayans wanting jobs than I know what to do with. Plus the hires have created some ripples in the existing crew. My most solid line cook is fearing he's going to lose hours and he also wants to do some prep shifts during the day. Although I speak rudimentary Spanish and he comprehends a good bit of English it's a little hard getting the overtime laws through to him. He's certainly willing to work for the same rate but it's not something I can legally do. What I can do and had planned to do is give him a raise.
My hardest working dishwasher wants to learn the pantry. I was having him show some of the new hires how to do some things and noticed the long face. When I asked him if he wanted to learn the kitchen he lit up like a six-burner stove. So, I had to swap one of the new pantry guys to take his job as dishwasher. Fortunately they're friends and the new guy was pretty good-natured, saying "hey, a job is a job."
I passed on a cook who has applied before. He just seems to have a little too much drama around him. Plus he works for a nearby restaurant in the day and we're leery of the people coming out of there. There are certain restaurants up here that we just won't hire from because the training is so poor and the attitude just doesn't work with our philosophy and he comes from one of them. Granted one of more recent waiter hires comes from there as well but she was the person who confirmed our inclination since she needs the most training and more constant supervision. So, I sent him to the raw foods school being built next door.
Once everyone is trained, which should take about a month, month and a half, I'll have a meeting and let everyone know that having this many people means they are being held to a higher standard. Those who can't meet the standard will have to move on. Please remind me of this dear readers when I am wavering and not wanting to fire the slackers.
Tried the first of this batch of guanciale a few days ago and it is damned good. I'll be smoking bacon this afternoon in the backyard. Looks like today will be a great day. I even prepared by having some food in the house. Bagel, cream cheese and smoked salmon.